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Bust to be unveiled in France to honour John Hume

Jun 7, 2022 09:06 By News Northern Sound
Bust to be unveiled in France to honour John Hume Bust to be unveiled in France to honour John Hume
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'Mr Hume was heavily involved in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland'

The Taoiseach travels to Strasbourg in France today where he will unveil a bust in honour of former MEP John Hume.

Micheal Martin will meet representatives of the Council of Europe to mark Ireland's Presidency this year and will also visit the European Court of Human Rights.

This evening he'll unveil the bust of John Hume, donated to the European Parliament by the Irish Government, to mark his contribution during his 25 years as an MEP.

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Mr Hume was heavily involved in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland around the start of the Troubles and was elected to Stormont in 1969.

A founding member of the SDLP in 1970, he was leader from 1979 to 2001.

He faced a public backlash when six years of secret talks with Sinn Fein became public in 1993 but he he defended his decision

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