John Hume, architect of Good Friday Agreement and Nobel Laureate, dies at 83

John Hume, architect of Good Friday Agreement and Nobel Laureate, dies at 83



The Northern Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), which Hume helped to discovered, introduced his loss of life in a press release revealed Monday.

“Nobel Laureate and former SDLP Leader John Hume passed away last night,” reads the assertion. “We all live in the Ireland he imagined — at peace and free to decide our own destiny. Thank you, John.”

Hume was one of many architects of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the violent battle in Northern Ireland by bringing unionists and Irish republicans right into a power-sharing authorities.
Later that yr he and David Trimble, of the Ulster Unionist Party, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their work “to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland,” according to the Nobel committee.

In their 1998 assertion asserting the prize, the committee wrote that “John Hume has throughout been the clearest and most consistent of Northern Ireland’s political leaders in his work for a peaceful solution. The foundations of the peace agreement … reflect principles which he has stood for.”

On Monday, the SDLP praised Hume’s affect in altering the course of Irish historical past.

“The death of John Hume represents the loss of 20th Century Ireland’s most significant and consequential political figure,” the celebration mentioned.

Hume’s household additionally launched a press release, revealed that he died at a nursing residence in Derry, also called Londonderry, following a “short illness.”

“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,” they mentioned.

The SDLP’s assertion additionally included a quote from Hume himself: “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.”

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