|NOBEL PEACE PRIZE|
October 16, 1998
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: The Nobel Peace Prize story begins with background on the two Northern - the two politicians from Northern Ireland who shared the prize. John Hume is the leader of the largest Catholic-based party, the Social Democratic Labor Party, and David Trimble heads the largest Protestant-based party, the Unionists. He now holds the highest office in the province, First Minister. We have a report from Terry Lloyd of Independent Television News.
TERRY LLOYD, ITN: Once they were deeply divided, separated by politics and bitterness, but John Hume and David Trimble came together at a pop concert given by the Band U2. The leader of the mainly Catholic SDLP came to the political forefront in the civil rights movement in the late 1960's.
JOHN HUME: The civil rights movement is an absolutely tenured movement, seeking justice for all.
TERRY LLOYD: He's had the ear of world leaders and statesmen during his 30-year campaign for peace. But it was John Hume's often secret talks with Sinn Fein and the IRA, which brought Gerry Adams to the negotiating table and the present peace pact. Ulster's first minister, David Trimble, spends his spare time listening to Wagner and Strauss. But in public, he built up a reputation as a fiery and confrontational MP. Together, with the Reverend Ian Paisley, he led Orangemen through the disputed town of Drumcree, fueling the hatred felt by Nationalist families. Yet, he had the vision to drag Ulster Unionism into the 21st century, and three years ago he traveled to Dublin for talks with then Prime Minister John Bruton. Perhaps his boldest gesture has been to walk and talk with Sinn Fein leaders, an unthinkable relationship 12 months ago.