You can't eat a flag

P. J. McLoughlin

in John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719079566
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702468 | DOI:
You can't eat a flag

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John Hume was actively discouraged from any interest in politics under his father's influence. He was becoming politicised by various developments in Northern Ireland. His belief in the potential of the Action Committee to bring together the two communities in Derry was confirmed by the huge success of a public meeting on the university issue. Hume's actions in the University for Derry campaign showed a desire to reach across to the Protestant community, and an eagerness to engage the Stormont government. It is noted that the people of Ireland had to be united before territorial unity was worth considering. Hume's involvement in the civil rights movement may seem a logical progression from his earlier community activism. Reform of the Stormont security apparatus became a key demand of the civil rights movement. Hume also suggested that he was in fact advancing the civil rights agenda by bringing it directly into Stormont.

Keywords: John Hume; Northern Ireland; University for Derry; Protestant community; Stormont government; civil rights movement

Chapter.  5859 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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