Lord Mayor to open online book of condolence for late John Hume

Lord Mayor to open online book of condolence for late John Hume
Former SDLP leader John Hume 

An online book of condolences for the late John Hume will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh, on Tuesday.

It will go live online at 12 noon.

“The fulsome tributes to Mr Hume from right around the world bear testament to his work in achieving peace on this island,” said the Lord Mayor.

“That achievement was truly immense and I am honoured as Lord Mayor to open the online Book of Condolences that will enable people to pay their own personal tributes to a truly remarkable and inspirational politician,” he added.

Mr Hume passed away aged 83. He died in the early hours of Monday morning after a short illness, according to his family.

He is regarded as one of the key architects of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

John Hume was granted the Freedom of Cork in 2004, which was awarded by then Lord Mayor and now TD Colm Burke.

The citation entered on the City’s Scroll of Freemen reads as follows:

“In recognition of his exceptional commitment to the cause of reconciliation on this island and for being a living testament to that fundamental principle of peace - respect for diversity. In recognition of the pivotal role he played in securing the historic Good Friday Agreement of 10th April, 1998, and his unwavering commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy. In admiration of his qualities as a man of honour, generosity, integrity and courage, but above all in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the cause of lasting peace.

“For his exhortation that we spill sweat together, instead of blood and his conviction in the futility of violence; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork; For all this and more, The Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of Cork City Council consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct.” 

The online Book of Condolences is accessible through the following link from 12 noon on Tuesday: http://www.corkcity.ie/BookofCondolence

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