Cork politicians pay tribute to John Hume following his passing

Cork politicians pay tribute to John Hume following his passing

Former SDLP leader John Hume, file photo.

Former SDLP leader and Nobel laureate John Hume has been remembered as an "Irish hero" and an "inspiration" following his passing.

Mr Hume, who was a key architect of the peace process, passed away today at the age of 83.

He had suffered from dementia for a number of years.

His death was confirmed in a statement released by his family this morning. 

"We are deeply saddened to announce that John passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning after a short illness.

"We would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the care and nursing staff of Owen Mor nursing home in Derry," the family said.

"The care they have shown John in the last months of his life has been exceptional.

"As a family, we are unfailingly inspired by the professionalism, compassion, and love they have shown to John and all those under their care. 

"We can never adequately show them our thanks for looking after John at a time when we could not. 

"The family drew great comfort in being with John again in the last days of his life," they continued.

Taoiseach Michéal Martin paid tribute to Mr Hume on social media saying:

"It is impossible to properly express the scale and significance of John Hume’s life. 

"He was one of the towering figures of Irish public life of the last century. 

"His vision and tenacity saved this country. 

"We owe him and his wife Pat so much. 

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney said:

"John Hume has died.

"Ireland, all of us, should bow our heads in respect and thanks. 

"What an extraordinary man, peacemaker, politician, leader, civil rights campaigner, family man, Derryman, inspiration. 

"May he rest peacefully and his legacy live on."

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh said:

"Sad at the passing of John Hume. 

"His contribution to the Peace Process on this Island was, to say the least, significant and should always be remembered and acknowledged. 

"May he Rest In Peace."

While Fine Gael Councillor Des Cahill said he was "saddened to hear of the passing of one of our greatest statesmen and peacemakers".

"History will rightfully recognise John Hume as an Irish hero.

"Rest peacefully," Councillor Cahill continued. 

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