John Hume’s legacy: Stubborn figure transformed the relationship between Britain and Ireland
Politician had self-belief to repeat same message for decades until eventually it was accepted by almost everybody
John Hume was a towering political figure who helped to redefine Irish nationalism. In the process, he changed Irish politics, North and South, as well as transforming the relationship between the islands of Ireland and Britain.
The current powersharing structure within Northern Ireland, and the institutional structures that define the relationship between the North and the Republic, as well as those between Ireland and the United Kingdom owe more to Hume than anybody else.