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Sky News 3 Aug 2020

John Hume, 'architect' of peace in Northern Ireland, dies


Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent Northern Ireland politician John Hume has died aged 83.

The former leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) dedicated himself to ending decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland and was instrumental to the creation of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

He took political risks by holding secret talks with Gerry Adams - then leader of Sinn Fein - to lay the foundations for the IRA ceasefire in 1994.

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"The last thing we want to see is somehow the British government trying to play with peace in Ireland as some sort of negotiating gambit towards fishing rights or state aid," Irish lawmaker Neale Richmond told Euronews.
Northern Ireland is to impose the toughest coronavirus restrictions anywhere in the UK — as it faces one of the highest infection rates in Europe.

All pubs and restaurants, hairdressers and beauticians, will shut their doors for a month. Supermarkets and off-licences will not be allowed to sell alcohol after 8pm. Schools will close for two weeks. However shops, takeaways, gyms and childcare facilities will remain open.

Meanwhile Wales is set to ban visitors coming from the worst-affected parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In England the new three-tier system has started with the Liverpool region at the highest alert level.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy and Wales correspondent Hywel Griffith.
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