JOHN HUME: Speeches, Statements, and Articles
Compiled by:   Martin Melaugh     [Last update: 18 May 2021]
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This section of CAIN contains a selection of John Hume's speeches, statements and published articles during his political career (1969-2004). The work on this project was supported by an award from the Reconciliation Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs. The following listing is not comprehensive, but further references and digital documents will be added in the future. The collection will be of benefit to all those who are interested in politics in Northern Ireland during the conflict, the Irish peace process, and the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement. This educational resource is for personal use / private study, anyone requiring commercial use of the materials will have to obtain permission from the current copyright holders. (See: Note about the work on this section. See Also: Media Note. In Addition: There is also a version of this page in the original CAIN site.)


The work on this project began with a donation from Sean Farren of source materials that he had collected during the research on his book, John Hume: In his own words, (Four Courts Press; 2017). CAIN thanks Professor Farren for his assistance with this project. The project is also grateful for permission to reproduce speeches from the John Hume Archive, part of Special Collections, Ulster University Library. Thanks also to Mike McCool for additional database programming.

DFAT logoThis project was funded (in December 2019) by the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin. CAIN and Ulster University acknowledge this support which allowed the work to be carried out.

CAIN also thanks the SDLP and Pat Hume for permission to use the speeches and statements of John Hume.

John Hume - List of speeches, etc.

The documents are listed in the main CAIN Bibliography (so they will be found by users searching from that database). However, the following links provide various listings of John Humes speeches, etc.

All list of speeches, statements, articles, etc.,(most recent listed first)

Sub-lists of speeches, etc., by type:

      Address to the SDLP Annual Conference;
      On receiving awards and prizes;
      At Lectures;
      In Parliaments;
      At Summer Schools.

Sub-lists of speeches, etc., by topic:
      Public Records;

Search Speeches, etc.: Select a 'field', enter text in the box, click 'SEARCH' button

Title: enter part of the title; or one keyword
Date: enter date in one of these formats, yyyy-mm-dd or yyyy-mm or yyyy




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Other Information in the CAIN Archive

A brief entry (2004) for John Hume in the CAIN Bibliographies.

List of 353 television programmes (1981-2008) which involved interviews of, or reports on, John Hume. This information is part of the Peter Heathwood Collection of Television Programmes.

In 2005 Cathy Gormley-Heenan produced a guide to resources about Hume:
Gormley-Heenan, Cathy. (2005). John Hume: A Guide to Internet Resources. CAIN: Webpage. ... [8198] - [Guide to Internet Resources]

Ulster University is also the location for the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace which is currently held by Professor Brandon Hamber.

Image of Heathwood site


Information at Other Websites

UK Parliament Hansard


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Infinite MIT - John Hume


RTE image of John Hume


BBC Hume image


Youtube Image of John Hume


The Irish Times -  John Hume in pictures


John and Pat Hume Foundation



A Selection of Books about John Hume


Drower, George M. (1995). John Hume: Peacemaker. London: Gollancz.


Farren, Sean. (ed.) (2017). John Hume: In his own words. Dublin: Four Courts Press.


Farren, Sean., and Haughey, Denis. (eds) (2015). John Hume: Irish peacemaker. Dublin: Four Courts Press.


Fitzpatrick, Maurice. (2017). John Hume in America: From Derry to DC. Newbridge, Co. Kildare: Irish Academic Press.


McLoughlin, P.J. (2012). John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


Murray, Gerard. (1998). John Hume and the SDLP: Impact and Survival in Northern Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. ... [3109] - [Book]


Routledge, Paul. (1997). John Hume: A Biography. London: HarperCollins.


White, Barry. (1984). John Hume: Statesman of the Troubles. Belfast: Blackstaff.


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