Erect a statue of John Hume in the Guildhall Square in London/Derry

Erect a statue of John Hume in the Guildhall Square in London/Derry

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Pol Hegarty started this petition to Derry City & Strabane District Council

John Hume KCSG (18 January 1937 – 3 August 2020) was an Irish politician widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the recent political history of Ireland, as one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process.

A native of Derry, he was a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and served as its second leader from 1979 to 2001. He also served as a Member of the European Parliament, and a Member of the UK Parliament, as well as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Hume was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble, and also a received both the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award. He is the only person to receive the three major peace awards.

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI made Hume a Knight Commander of the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. He was named "Ireland's Greatest" in a 2010 public poll by Irish national broadcaster RTÉ to find the greatest person in Ireland's history.

Hume was directly involved in 'secret talks' with the British government and Sinn Féin, in an effort to bring Sinn Féin to the discussion table openly. The talks are speculated to have led directly to the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 and with David Trimble, leading to the Good Friday Agreement of 1999.

I think a fitting memorial to this great man would be the erection of a statue in his honour in the Guildhall Square of his and my home town of Derry.

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