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Books of condolence for John Hume to open in four Louth locations

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Books of condolence will be opened for former SDLP leader John Hume on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Flickr/Adrian Crawley.

Four books of condolence will be opened for the Nobel Peace Prize winner,  former SDLP leader and one of the chief architects of the Good Friday Agreement John Hume at locations around Louth on Wednesday.

Books of condolence will be opened at County Hall and Town Hall in Dundalk and at Ardee Library at 10am. Additionally, a book will be opened at the Tholsel building in Drogheda at 2pm on Wednesday.

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The books will be available for members of the public to sign during business hours at the buildings until Friday August 7.

“I am greatly saddened to learn of the death of John Hume. The architect of the peace process, his commitment to securing peace and social justice has been of particular benefit to the border counties,” Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Dolores Minogue said.

“We are opening books of condolence across the county to give the people of Louth the opportunity to express their condolences to Mr Hume’s family.”

The local authority say that, in line with Government policy in relation to Covid-19, those wishing to sign a book of condolence are asked to observe public health measures and to bring their own pen.

Upon news of Mr Hume’s death on Monday, a number of local representatives paid their respects. Sinn Féin TD Ruairi O Murchu said he “played a huge role in creating the conditions for peace in Ireland – a role he was sometimes vilified for, but he continued nonetheless.”

Independent councillor Maeve Yore called him a “man of courage, conviction, integrity, a man of peace, a man who respected difference and will forever be remembered for bringing peace to our Ireland.”

Cllr Conor Keelan said: “It is only right there have been substantial tributes to John Hume today after his death. A giant of recent Irish history, he devoted his political life’s work solely to peace to develop a better future for his constituents and the people of Ireland recognising the futility of violence.

“Maligned at times collectively by men of violence, political opponents and scribes, such as in the Sunday Independent, he demonstrated the power of dialogue, language and politics in reaching an ultimate solution. The Good Friday Agreement to which he and his party colleagues chiefly drafted from policy documents arising out of the crash of Sunningdale is an enduring legacy.

“In the fullness of time I would hope that the true history of how the peace process came to happen would be told particularly for the young.”

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