John Hume


True unity, as I have said, is based on respect for diversity. In Ireland, we must build political institutions that reflect the diversity of all our people, both North and South. These institutions will allow us to work together in our common economic interests to create hope for all our people. In time, the old sectarian barriers will break down and, in a generation or two, we will see a new Ireland. It will be very different from the models traditionally suggested by unionists and nationalists because it will be built on consensus and acknowledge the diversity of our people. The complete cessation of violence in the North of Ireland for the first time in twenty-five years has created a great opportunity to move towards consensus.