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Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies at 83

 International Desk

 Published: 04:08 PM, 3 August 2020   Updated: 04:13 PM, 3 August 2020

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies at 83

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies at 83

John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent Northern Ireland politician, has died on Monday at Owen Mor nursing home in Londonderry, UK at the age of 83-years-old. He had been suffering from dementia for many years.

He was one of the founding members of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1970 and went on to lead the party from 1979 until 2001. 

John Hume played a major role in the peace talks which led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair, who was in office when the peace deal was signed, paid a warm tribute to the death of former SDLP leader. 

“John Hume was a political titan, a visionary who refused to believe the future had to be the same as the past,” Tony Blair said in a statement, adding that “his contribution to peace in Northern Ireland was epic and he will rightly be remembered for it.”

Hume has been hailed as a “great hero and a true peacemaker” by current Ireland’s prime minister Micheál Martin, saying, “During the darkest days of paramilitary terrorism and sectarian strife, he kept hope alive – and with patience, resilience and unswerving commitment, he triumphed and delivered a victory for peace.”

Following the 1998 peace deal, John Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, David Trimble.