Introduction by Tom McEnery Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy Throughout 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.
John Hume, born in 1937, started life as a teacher in his native Derry, becoming involved in politics in the early 1960s. Hume recently retired from the Assembly in Northern Ireland. He is president of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, which he helped found, a member of the British Parliament and a member of the European Parliament. He is widely regarded as the "architect of peace" in Northern Ireland.