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John Hume documentary to have world premiere in Galway

John Hume and former US President Bill Clinton chat during the American politician's visit to Derry. File picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A DOCUMENTARY about former SDLP leader and Nobel Laureate John Hume is to have its world premiere in Galway tonight.

'In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America', directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick and narrated by Ballymena-born Hollywood star Liam Neeson, examines the Derry politician's key role in the peace process.

It includes interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

Tonight's screening at the Galway Film Fleadh will be followed by a discussion with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna.

Ms Hanna said she was honoured to speak at the event.

"Over a quarter of a century, and aided by individuals from the ‘golden generation' of Irish public servants, John Hume not only brought employment to the North but transformed traditional, and sometimes simplistic attitudes among Irish America to the complexities of the North," she said.

"To my mind every worthwhile creative idea about the complex relationships on this island - reconciliation within the North, North/South, Ireland/Britain and the European dimension - came as a result of John Hume's intellect, imagination and humanity."

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