Synopses & Reviews
The views of Irish peace activist John Hume on politics and the future of his country, with a foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy
-- Reveals the inside story of the author's meetings with Gerry Adams, which led to the Irish Peace Initiative and the 1994 cease-fire
Part autobiography, part political memoir, and part blueprint for peace, A New Ireland recounts the 25-year personal history that eventually led John Hume to broker the 1994 cease-fire, still the touchstone of efforts to reconcile the warring parties in Northern Ireland.
Hume draws a compelling picture of the six years of discussions and risks taken with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams that resulted in the Hume/Adams peace initiative. He describes in detail his vision for Ireland's future as well as his nonviolent approach over the years and how it can help achieve lasting peace.
If the 1996 resumption of bombings by the IRA is to be overcome and ongoing peace realized, Hume's prescription for nonviolent change through democratic means remains the most promising approach to the "Irish troubles".
Hume recounts the struggle for the nationalist community's rights and presents a blueprint for peace.
Throughout twenty-five years of conflict in Northern Ireland, John Hume has been the constant beacon of reason. A New Ireland is John Hume's remarkable story of his personal struggle for civil rights, peace and prosperity for all the people of Ireland. Born in 1937 into a working class Catholic family in Derry, Hume presents vivid memoirs of his youth, family and Catholic Nationalist community. He goes on to explain his political philosophy and examine the historical positions of the parties to the conflict: British and Irish, Unionist and Nationalist. For the first time ever, Hume relates the inside story of his historic meetings with Gerry Adams which eventually led to the 1993 Joint Declaration by Britain and Ireland and the 1994 ceasefire by the IRA and Unionist paramilitaries. He concludes with his assessment of the prospects for a lasting peace in Ireland and his unique vision of an international Irish nation.
Introduction by Tom McEneryForeword by Senator Edward M. KennedyThroughout more than twenty-five years of conflict in Northern Ireland, John Hume has been a constant beacon of reason and non-violence. A New Ireland is Hume's remarkable story of his continuing personal struggle for civil rights, peace and prosperity for all the people of Ireland.