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UK News Tributes paid to former SDLP leader John Hume

16:15  03 august  2020
16:15  03 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Hume , a Catholic former schoolteacher and civil rights leader , glimpsed the solution early in the Troubles and as leader of the SDLP , a moderate nationalist party Bono paid tribute in a U2 concert in Belfast in October 2018. “Blessed are the peacemakers. I remember John Hume and his vision.

Hume won global acclaim for his efforts towards achieving Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland.

John Hume wearing a suit and tie: Former SDLP leader John Hume, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending Northern Ireland’s Troubles, has died aged 83 (Niall Carson/PA) © Niall Carson Former SDLP leader John Hume, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending Northern Ireland’s Troubles, has died aged 83 (Niall Carson/PA)

Tributes have been paid to former SDLP leader John Hume, one of the key architects of peace in Northern Ireland, after his death at the age of 83.

Mr Hume, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the decisive part he played in ending the Troubles, had suffered ill-health for a number of years.

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Former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume has died at the age of 83. Politicians and others have been paying tribute to him and his long career, from the civil rights John Hume was a political titan; a visionary who refused to believe the future had to be the same as the past.

"But John Hume is a great inspiration to me and to my generation". Image copyright Leif Skoogfors. Image caption John Hume (left) pictured with Mr Hume , a founding member and former leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party ( SDLP ) died on Monday aged 83. He played a major role

The former Foyle MP had dementia and was being cared for in the Owen Mor nursing home in Londonderry.

He died in the early hours of Monday morning.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Mr Hume as a “political giant”, while Irish premier Micheal Martin said he was a “great hero and a true peacemaker”.

Former prime minister Tony Blair hailed Mr Hume’s “epic” contribution to the peace process.

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill also paid tribute.

Current SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the island had lost its most significant and consequential political figure of the 20th century.

Mr Hume, a former MEP for Northern Ireland, was a founding member of the party he went on to lead for 22 years.

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SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said Mr Hume was Ireland's most significant and consequential political. He said: "It is no exaggeration to say that each and Former prime minister Tony Blair, who was in Number 10 when the Good Friday Agreement was signed, praised John Hume 's "epic" contribution to

Mr Hume 's family said he had passed away "peacefully in the early hours of the morning after a short illness".

He was a key figure in the civil rights movement of the late 1960s and throughout his political career remained steadfast in his commitment to non-violence.

His participation in secret talks with then Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in the late 1980s and early 1990s was a key catalyst for the nascent peace process.

The SDLP leader faced intense criticism, including some from within his own party, when his dialogue with Mr Adams became public in 1993.

Despite threats to his life, he persisted with his efforts to engage with the republican movement and to convince the IRA to end its campaign of violence.

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SDLP leader John Hume (left) and deputy first minister Seamus Mallon at Stormont in 1999. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters. • In the Name of Peace is directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, who is also the author of the accompanying book John Hume in America: From Derry to DC, published by

"I want to pay tribute to SDLP leader John Hume . His decision not to stand again for the European Parliament marks the end of an era. But it is to John Hume 's credit that he worked with us in trying to find a peaceful resolution of the causes of conflict on this island and between Britain and Ireland.

The highlight of his career came in 1998 with the signing of the historic Good Friday accord which largely ended Northern Ireland’s 30-year sectarian conflict.

Along with Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble, now Lord Trimble, Mr Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to stopping the bloodshed.

In 2010, Mr Hume was named “Ireland’s Greatest” in a poll by Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE.

John Hume et al. sitting on a bench: Prime Minister Tony Blair (centre) with (left) David Trimble and (right) John Hume on the last day of campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 (Chris Bacon/PA) © Provided by PA Media Prime Minister Tony Blair (centre) with (left) David Trimble and (right) John Hume on the last day of campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 (Chris Bacon/PA)

His death comes just six months after that of fellow Good Friday architect and long-time SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon.

Mr Johnson said there would have been no Good Friday Agreement without Mr Hume.

“John Hume was quite simply a political giant,” he said.

“He stood proudly in the tradition that was totally opposed to violence and committed to pursuing his objectives by exclusively peaceful and democratic means.”

Unionists and nationalists united in praise of John Hume

  Unionists and nationalists united in praise of John Hume Boris Johnson, Micheal Martin, Sir John Major, Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill and Leo Varadkar led tributes to the Nobel laureate.Unionist and nationalists in the region were united in praise for his efforts to end decades of sectarian conflict, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish premier Micheal Martin voiced similar tributes on behalf of the UK and Irish governments.

John Hume , the former leader of Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labour Party , has died aged 83. His family announced the death in a statement on To adhere to current guidelines on social distancing, the family said a funeral would be arranged with "strict rules" on numbers, but assured that

Tributes have been paid to the veteran SDLP activist Berna McIvor, who died on Tuesday. Mrs McIvor was a well-known party activist in Londonderry, and John Hume 's election The leader of the SDLP , Margaret Ritchie, said Berna McIvor was "true heroine of the SDLP and a cornerstone of the party ".

The Prime Minister added: “With his passing we have lost a great man who did so much to help bring an end to the Troubles and build a better future for all.

“His vision paved the way for the stability, positivity and dynamism of the Northern Ireland of today, and his passing is a powerful reminder of how far Northern Ireland has come.”

Taoiseach Mr Martin described Mr Hume as a “great hero and a true peacemaker”.

“Throughout his long life he exhibited not just courage, but also fortitude, creativity and an utter conviction that democracy and human rights must define any modern society,” he said.

Mr Blair said Mr Hume was a “political titan”.

“A visionary who refused to believe the future had to be the same as the past,” he said.

“His contribution to peace in Northern Ireland was epic and he will rightly be remembered for it.

“He was insistent it was possible, tireless in pursuit of it, and endlessly creative in seeking ways of making it happen.”

14th Dalai Lama, John Hume posing for the camera: The Dalai Lama meets fellow Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume (Martin McCullough/PA) © Provided by PA Media The Dalai Lama meets fellow Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume (Martin McCullough/PA)

Irish President Michael D Higgins said Mr Hume had transformed and remodelled politics in Ireland.

“All of those who sought and worked for peace on our island of Ireland, and in the hearts of all, will have been deeply saddened by the passing of John Hume, Nobel Peace Laureate and statesman,” he said.

John Hume: Farewell to our man of peace

  John Hume: Farewell to our man of peace The family of the former SDLP leader and Nobel laureate asked those in mourning to remember his words, 'We will overcome'The Derry man, famous in equal measure for his determination and modesty, had been living with dementia for many years.

UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said: “Life across the island of Ireland is peaceful and more prosperous today because of his courage, vision and determination.

Mr Eastwood said the passing of Mr Hume marked a historic moment for the island of Ireland.

“It is no exaggeration to say that each and every one of us now lives in the Ireland Hume imagined – an island at peace and free to decide its own destiny,” he said.

Colum Eastwood wearing a suit and tie: SDLP leader Colum Eastwood close to a painted mural of former SDLP John Hume in the Bogside area of Derry City (Liam McBurney/PA) © Provided by PA Media SDLP leader Colum Eastwood close to a painted mural of former SDLP John Hume in the Bogside area of Derry City (Liam McBurney/PA)

In a statement, Mr Hume’s family said: “John was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather and a brother. He was very much loved, and his loss will be deeply felt by all his extended family.

“It seems particularly apt for these strange and fearful days to remember the phrase that gave hope to John and so many of us through dark times: we shall overcome.”

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