Statement from Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill on the death of John Hume

Date published: 03 August 2020

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have expressed their sadness following news of the death of John Hume.


First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John Hume.

“John was a giant figure in Irish nationalism but also in the wider life of Northern Ireland. Whilst he was recognised across the World, there can be no doubt however that his loss will be most keenly felt in his home city.

“My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and friends at this difficult time. We think especially of his wife Pat, his children and grandchildren. I hope they take some comfort from the peace he helped to create.”

The deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “John Hume was a hugely important figure in our political history and a driving force in the Good Friday Agreement. He was a man of vision and committed to bringing about equal rights for all.

“John leaves behind a legacy of power sharing and peace.

“I offer my deepest sympathy to John’s wife Pat, all his family, his political colleagues and all those who knew and loved him, especially the people of Derry who held him in such high regard.”

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