The First Minister and DUP Leader, Arlene Foster;
Sincere condolences to Pat & the wider Hume family. A giant in Irish nationalism, John left his unique mark in the House of Commons, Brussels & Washington. In our darkest days he recognised that violence was the wrong path & worked steadfastly to promote democratic politics. pic.twitter.com/Ctkdfxa4Au
— Arlene Foster #We’llMeetAgain (@DUPleader) August 3, 2020
The Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein Vice President, Michelle O’Neill
Saddened to hear of the death of John Hume. A huge political figure in our society for many decades. A leader who took risks that ultimately helped bring about peace. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with Pat and his family circle and with his @SDLPlive family.
— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) August 3, 2020
The UUP Leader, Steve Aiken
Very sad news – John Hume was a towering figure in Northern Irish politics – our thoughts and prayers are with Pat & the Hume family @uuponline @SDLPlive @DKennedy_UUP @markcosgrove10 https://t.co/bH9M0a0Rxg
— Steve Aiken OBE (@SteveAikenUUP) August 3, 2020
The Alliance Party Leader and Justice Minister, Naomi Long
Very sad to hear of John Hume’s passing. A man who took risks for peace, his was a life well lived.
I often saw him in Greencastle with Pat in his latter years – such a devoted couple. My sincerest condolences to her & the family circle and to his @SDLPlive colleagues & friends.
— Naomi Long MLA (@naomi_long) August 3, 2020
The Taoiseach, Micheal Martin
It is impossible to properly express the scale and significance of John Hume’s life. He was one of the towering figures of Irish public life of the last century. His vision and tenacity saved this country. We owe him and his wife Pat so much. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 3, 2020
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs