4 Aug 2020, 17.01

The Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad have agreed that the National Flag will fly at half-mast at Leinster House during the funeral in Derry tomorrow of the late John Hume to honour the memory of a “true patriot” and his “relentless pursuit of peace” on the island of Ireland.

Paying tribute to the former leader of the SDLP and Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, said: “I wish to join with the many deep expressions of sympathy on the death of John Hume. He was a true public representative, steeped in the life, concerns and aspirations of the people of his beloved Derry. He was also a true patriot, concerned for the welfare of all the people sharing our often troubled land. 

“During many decades seeking a peaceful solution to conflict, the responsibilities and decisions he found himself dealing with were not thrust upon him, but were willingly taken on by a man who had an early and innate sense that a better way was possible for all the people of this island.  

“While mindful of the public representative’s responsibility to engage in dialogue, often with those of deeply opposing views, John Hume never sacrificed his profoundly held principles. The strength, decency and commitment of John Hume allowed us all to share a better future together. For that, we are deeply thankful to this great Irishman. May he rest in peace.”

The Cathaoirleach, Senator Mark Daly, said: “The tricolour flag that flies at half-mast in Leinster House in memory of the life of John Hume is a symbolic representation of his relentless and tireless search for peace between the two traditions on this island. Generations to come will live the legacy of inclusion and respect for diversity that John Hume created through his steadfast belief and relentless pursuit of peace.”

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