Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin has opened an Online Book of Condolence for the residents of Newry, Mourne and Down to extend their sympathies to the family of John Hume.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Book of Condolence is available online at  All messages in the online book will be recorded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and sent directly to Mr Hume’s family.
Speaking on the news of Mr Hume’s passing Councillor Devlin said, "It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend John Hume who passed away on Monday 3 August 2020.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
“John leaves the lasting legacy as one of the highest profile politicians on the Island of Ireland who was highly respected by all communities. His selfless commitment to peaceful, democratic politics during three decades of violence in the North of Ireland knew no bounds.  He was one of the key figures who helped create the climate that brought an end to the Troubles. He was instrumental in bringing about the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and my children are now growing up in an Ireland he imagined - at peace and free to decide our own destiny.”
Continuing Councillor Devlin said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the Hume family today as they mourn the passing of a husband, father and grandfather. Thank you John.”
The Book of Condolence will close for digital signatures on Monday 17 August 2020.
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