Foremost Northern Ireland politician John Humes dies at 83


A  prominent Northern Ireland politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume has died aged 83.

He died in a Londonderry nursing home after a protracted illness.

An astute politician, he was one of the high profile and respected politicians in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years, he helped create the climate that brought an end to the Troubles.

During his lifetime, he was widely admired for his steadfast commitment to peaceful, democratic politics during three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

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

Mr. Hume was a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1970 and led the party from 1979 until 2001.

 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair paid glowing tribute in his honor.

Mr. Blair said he was “a visionary who refused to believe the future had to be the same as the past”.

“His contribution to peace in Northern Ireland was epic and he will rightly be remembered for it,” he said.

“He was insistent it was possible, tireless in pursuit of it and endlessly creative in seeking ways of making it happen.”

Tony Blair, who was in office when the peace deal was signed.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Hume and a host of other family members.