Fuair John Hume bás ar Lúnasa 3, 2020 agus d’fhoilsigh Ruth Dudley Edwards seo an lá ina dhiaidh. Ruthless and wrong. Léigh é anseo.
Hume’s legitimisation of Sinn Fein was an appalling misjudgement
Freagra: Ní iriseoireacht seo ach Reaction an focal cuí, cinnte. Tá cumhacht ag focail mar sin. Ar aghaidh linn mar sin, céim ar chéim ag tosnú leis an tideal le feiceáil atá cearr leis.
- Hume, ní John Hume ach Hume. Fuair an fear bás an lá roimhe agus thosaigh sí mar seo, ní le meas.
- legitimisation: í ag iarraidh Sinn Féin a mharú, a scrios amach anseo, ag rá nach bhfuil sé de cheart acu bheith ann
- Sinn Féin. Ar ndóigh, níl fada aici.
- Appalling. Bhuel ansin atá bun agus barr na faidhbe, Ruth. Agatsa an appalling. Seo a scríobh tú anois? Is níl an fear curtha sa chré fós.
- Misjudgement. Sin a rinne tusa arís, Ruth. Tuigeann an domhan mór an luach i John Hume ach tá tú fós ag cloí le bréaga na himpireachta is lán le fuath is aineolas mar gheall ar sin.
Tá seo pearsanta. Goilleann a scríobhann tú orm agus ar go leor, leor daoine go minic ach nuair a d’ionsaigh tú Catherine Corless mar a rinne tú, d’aithin mé an dochar ionat. Tá cruálacht uafásach ionat. Ar son John Hume, ba mhaith liom a ceapadh gur féidir sin a cheartú.
Seo linn le féachaint an féidir liom foghlaim ó do bhotúin.
“Published: 4 August 2020
It is a grievous sin in Ireland, my native country, to speak any ill of the recently dead, but reading and listening to some of the guff being produced by the likes of Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and the Irish president about John Hume, I couldn’t hold back. As Matthew Parris pointed out some time ago, if you don’t challenge what is said about somebody immediately after they die, the hagiography lodges in the public consciousness.”
- my native country: dáiríre? Is beag meas atá agat ar an teanga, ar an stair, ar an gcultúr. Mar sin, cén sórt Ireland í DO Ireland?
- Aontaím leat faoi Blair agus Clinton ach Miggeldy? Tú ag dul ag maslú Miggeldy? Suigh síos, a bhean!
- hagiography: srón san aer le focail mar sin. Brí?
hagiography: the writing of the lives of saints.
adulatory writing about another person Raightso, masla.
“So here’s my take on Hume.
I haven’t had many kind thoughts about him since he unwittingly sold the pass to Gerry Adams, so I was surprised at my unexpected sadness. It was the photographs that I found distressing. There were all those vibrant, shots of the young and middle-aged Hume, a charismatic, able and astonishingly brave man who was doing a lot of good. And then came the images of the exhausted man undone by his vanity. And finally, over the past few years, occasional sightings of an old man who had disappeared into dementia.”
- sold the pass? Cad atá i gceist agat? Is breá leat bheith doiléir.
- Ó vibrant go undone by his vanity go disappeared into dementia, ar tú. Is cuma faoin gcorp agus neart. An spiorad is tábhachtaí. Ní thuigeann tú sin. Agus an undone by vanity sin? Tú ag caint fút féin?
“I had known John well from the early 1980s, when I joined the committee of the British Irish Association, which tried to get people of all shades of opinion on matters Northern Irish to talk and listen to each other in Oxbridge colleges. Although from a Dublin nationalist background, I had lived for years in London and had no fixed views about Northern Ireland, but I knew that John had done a lot to raise the morale of resentful nationalists in and beyond his native Londonderry and had been extremely brave in standing up to police, soldiers and IRA terrorists from the outbreak of the Troubles.”
- Nationalist, ar tú gan brí leis sin. Is scríobhann tú Londonderry ag rá nach raibh fixed views agat. Tá do fixed views lánsoiléir san bhfocal Londonderry. Ní nationalist thú mar a thuigeann na hÉireannaigh an focal sin. Tírghrá ann sa Ghaeilge. Brí eile ar fad sa Bhéarla anois agus sin atá le feiceáil san bhfuath a spreag Sasamach.
“John was friendly, warm and good company when he wasn’t depressed or angry, and at those conferences, like pretty well everyone except Unionists, I was moved by his eloquence and for a while bought into his view – given relentlessly in what became known as his “single transferable speech” – that the Irish were simply a divided people who could be brought to embrace peace if only everyone showed sense.”
- “John was friendly, warm and good company when he wasn’t depressed or angry. Ara anois. Sin ar nós a rá, bhí tú álainn nuair nach raibh tú gránna.
- Abair liom atá cearr leis an “single transferable speech” sin. Le moladh, rud nach ndéanann tú.
“I was never cut out to be an acolyte, and as I came to make friends with Unionists, increasingly I disagreed with John, who was never a man to encourage dissent, and particularly when he had been drinking I could be accused of being a traitor or an agent of MI5. I was coming to realise through observation that despite his rhetoric, he just didn’t like Ulster Protestants. Unionists who never thought Hume’s deputy Seamus Mallon sectarian thought Hume a bigot.”
- An acolyte. Seo linn arís. Srón san aer arís.
one who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties
Tugtha faoi deara agam go bhfuil tú an-gafa le teanga na hEaglaise. Cuid den fhadhb? Saoirse uait?
2. Hume an bigot? B’fhéidir Unionism é féin an fhadhb? Níor smaoinigh tú ar sin, ar smaoinigh?
“I knew many of the players on the Anglo-Irish circuit by then and was concerned that through sheer force of personality and his prowess at emotional blackmail and the importance of “taking risks for peace”, he appeared to be dictating the Northern Irish policies of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs who in turn were greening the British Foreign Office, and further alienating Unionists. Yes, he deserved a great deal of credit for persuading Irish-American activists to abandon financial support for Sinn Fein, but the people he associated with, like Ted Kennedy, reinforced his tunnel vision and arrogance.”
- Fan anois, Ruth. Hume an bigot ach níl meas agat ar dhuine ar bith atá ar son saoirse na hÉireann? greening the British? Dath muid?
- Cad atá cearr le Ted Kennedy?
- Arrogance? Tusa ag caint faoi arrogance?
And then came his decision to talk to Sinn Fein/IRA whom he was convinced he could seduce onto the path of constitutional nationalism.
4. seduce? Gá leis sin?
“I had a great friend who was very close to John who repeatedly warned him that he was imperilling [sic] his party and his country by giving legitimacy and hope to the struggling Provos, but John had a complete belief in his own judgement and preferred to deal with Republicans than with Unionists and thought that in any game, his superior intellect would triumph over that of the Gerry Adams.”
- Bhí an locht air mar chreid sé ina bhí sé ag déanamh? Dáiríre?
- Ní fheiceann tú go raibh sé níos fearr sa chloigeann ná Gerry?
“The island of Ireland lives with that appalling misjudgement. Sinn Fein is a cancer on both sides of the border, a powerful cult that is run from behind the scenes by the IRA Army Council. Having almost destroyed Hume’s party, in Northern Ireland it splits power with the Democratic Unionist party, [sic] and makes Northern Ireland ungovernable. In the south, it is the main opposition party challenging a shaky government that knows that Sinn Fein would triumph in an election.”
- Sin dar leat, Ruth, agus tá tú mícheart. Tuigeann na daoine a thug an duais Nobel, an duais Martin Luther King, agus an an duais Gandhi dó sin. Níl duais na síochána tuillte agat ar chor ar bith. A mhalairt.
- Sinn Féin le fada, le do thoil. Ní cancer é agus ní galar é ná tú ach scríobhann tú le peann nimhneach.
- Tuige ungovernable? Inis dúinn cén fáth? Mar is fuath leat iad?
“Here’s a quote from a prescient article in Prospect magazine written in April 1998 by my friend Sean O’Callaghan, a repentant IRA terrorist who was warning at every opportunity of the perils of talking to the IRA. “Since the foundation of the Irish state [sic] there has been a clear dividing line between extreme violent nationalism and constitutional nationalism. But without any debate, and denouncing his critics as “anti-peace,” John Hume has blurred that line and given life and energy to extreme nationalism. He has brought the political arsonist into the house without taking the box of matches from his pocket.”
- Terrorists iad an IRA amháin? Ní na saighdiúirí a ghoid ár dtír?
- Arís seo thú le focail ar nós extreme agus nationalism gan trácht ar chearta daonna.
- Tá tú dall ar an ábhar seo, Ruth. Shlog tú siar bolscaireacht. Feicfidh tú go dtugann an domhan meas do John Hume mar tá sé tuillte aige.
Tá dealbha na himpireachta ag titim mar is cóir. Tá stair le foghlaim againn nach bhfuil scríofa le peann nimhneach nó teanga dhoiléir ach le pian sa ghlór ó na daoine a d’fhulaing a rinne impireacht na ‘Breataine.’
Má stopann tú le foghlaim, tá seans ann duit, Ruth. Nílim ar an domhan seo ach seal, Ruth. Faoi láthair, is fuath liom a dhéanann tú. Ba bhreá liom duine níos fearr a fheiceáil, duine le croí a dhéanann an rud ceart don domhan ionat.
Lean a dúirt John Hume. Tá ciall leis.
NÁ DÉAN DOCHAR.