Dazzling tributes to Pat Hume from all political backgrounds


Politicians of all stripes spoke fondly of Ms Hume, who, along with her late husband John, played a major role in the peace process.

Deputy SDLP leader Nichola Mallon led the tributes.

She said: “There will never be another Pat Hume or another John Hume or another partnership quite like theirs, but we should be eternally grateful to them and for all they have accomplished together.” for all of us.

Pat Hume, pictured on the beach in Newcastle, County Down, with her late husband John, who died just over a year before her.

“Since Pat left us we have had time to collect our thoughts and today we reflect on a truly remarkable, resilient and radiant Derry woman, a quiet patriot who was a courageous profile and, as has said Mark Durkan. , an “optimist alchemist”.

Ms. Mallon described Ms. Hume as a “wonderfully warm person” and “genuinely interested” in others.

“She made everyone she met feel special, and that’s one of the characteristics that made her such a special human being. Among the many tributes that poured in, one person tweeted that Pat had taught his brother in elementary school and that while he loved his mother very much, he wanted Pat to adopt her. Anyone who really knew Pat will know exactly what he meant.

“From her teaching career to the early days of the Credit Union, through the civil rights movement to the Good Friday Accord and her advocacy for the victims of the Troubles, Pat Hume has always been cared about people and worked tirelessly for them.

“His compassion for others was best summed up by Father Paul Farren when he noted, ‘Your problem has become his.’ This is exactly how she ran the John’s Derry Constituency Service, taking great care of everyone who walked through the door, whether it was the office or, as often happened, the Westend Park house. That’s why, as we have seen, heard and read over the past few days, people loved it, ”she said.

John O’Dowd of Sinn Féin echoed these sentiments, saying: “I offer our deepest condolences to the Hume family on Pat’s passing. Pat has played a central role in Irish politics since the civil rights movement. She did it alongside John, with John and, at times, directing John and giving him advice during these very difficult years.

“Without a doubt she has, as has been said, shown the importance of her role for Irish society and in building and sustaining the peace process and giving this generation of political leaders the opportunity to make a real difference. in people’s lives. It’s a huge testament to his life. “

DUP MP Gary Middleton said: “When I first heard of Pat Hume’s passing, one of the first words that came to my mind was ‘radiant’. Although I have only been in politics for a decade, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to meet Pat Hume on several occasions during this time.

“While there is no doubt that we may have differed politically, it didn’t matter to Pat Hume as she was always interested in the individual. I admired her memory because every time we met. , she was asking about personal things: she was asking about your wife or your newborn, and those things really meant a lot.

Mr. Middleton recalled meeting Ms. Hume during the Cité de la culture year.

“One of my memories of Pat Hume is sitting next to her at the Sons and Daughters concert when we hosted the UK City of Culture. It reminded me that Pat was truly a town girl, just like John a son Fortunately they are now reunited Once again I send my deepest condolences to the SDLP and to the entire Hume family, “he said.

UUP MP Mike Nesbitt said he had the honor of serving as director of the John and Pat Hume Foundation.

“I won’t pretend I knew Pat well; obviously John was the leader in this particular combination. However, it is clear that while he was away, as he often was, here in Belfast or Dublin, London, Brussels or Washington, he needed a rock in Derry. He needed someone to take care of his back, and that person was his wife, Pat, who ran the constituency office in his absence.

“In my many years as a broadcast journalist, politicians walked into broadcast studios and lamented the fact that we were a divided society. They said: “Woe to me” and “It is the fault of the other”. However, John and Pat Hume preached something different: the positivity of the fact that as human beings we are diverse and that we should take advantage of that for our mutual benefit, ”he said.

Andrew Muir, the Alliance MP, remembers meeting Ms Hume during a doorstep in Derry when he was a member of the SDLP in the 1990s.

He said: “We were canvassing for the 1998 elections for the first sitting of the Assembly. Pat had a lot on his plate that day. John was in another part of the country canvassing, and she was in Derry to help with the campaign.

“The two things that struck me from that point on were her total and utter dedication to peace and her family. A lasting tribute to her are the accomplishments she and John were able to deliver.

“She was proud to show me the social housing that had been delivered in the City of Derry and to tell me about the Credit Union and the benefits it had provided to the people of Derry. As soon as we finished asking, Pat went straight to the supermarket to arrange evening dinner for the family. There was total dedication to peace and his family.

TUV chief Jim Allister said he recognized the woman described by his fellow MPs in the person he had met from time to time in Brussels and Strasbourg.

He commented: “I didn’t get to know Pat Hume like the others did. However, I met her on several occasions in the European Parliament, while she was accompanying her husband.

“Of course, these meetings correspond to what has been said in the Chamber about his personal qualities. I therefore associate myself very warmly with the condolences that have been expressed, first and foremost to the Hume family.

“The role of a mother and a grandmother is so central in any family that there is a particular void when they pass. I also express my condolences to the political family of Pat Hume. There is no doubt that they too are suffering the loss of a person whom they respected and valued very deeply. “

The new Sinn Féin deputy for Foyle Pádraig Delargy grew up next to the Humes. He commented: “I express my personal sympathies and the sympathies of Derry Sinn Féin on the occasion of the passing of Pat Hume. Pat was our next door neighbor for over 20 years. I will always remember her as a kind and generous person and a very good friend of the family.

SDLP MP Mark H. Durkan said the best way to honor Ms Hume was to emulate her conduct.

“Pat was something else. Many words have been spoken and written about him over the past two weeks by world leaders and, most importantly to Pat, ordinary men and women on the streets. Many anecdotes have been told which illustrate how wonderful she was. However, these tributes, even in their entirety, fail to capture how amazing Pat Hume was, ”he said.

Mr. Durkan recalled that a few years ago a newspaper asked him who would be his ideal guest and the answer was very obvious to him.

“One of my guests – in fact, my guest of honor – was Pat Hume. She is world famous for her empathy, but Pat was just as entertaining as she was empathetic. What a lady. The best tribute we can all pay to Pat Hume is to be more like her and to treat each other and everyone with genuine respect and care. Ní bheidh a leitheid arís ann.

President Alex Maskey concluded: “I express my personal condolences to the SDLP, first of all, and to the family of Pat and John. I agree with all the comments made by all of our contributors today. It is evident from all the tributes that have been paid around the world, as has been said to Pat Hume, that Pat was both a woman and a leader in her own right. Rest in peace, Pat Hume.

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