SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP says the encouragement from former US President Bill Clinton during a visit to Derry honouring peacemaker John Hume must be the catalyst to push forward the Haass proposals and “finish the job”.
Mr McDonnell said the speech from the 42nd President of the United States, in which he honoured his “great friend” John Hume for his contribution towards peace, was a timely tribute to Derry’s favourite son and what has been achieved, but what still needs to be done.
Mr. McDonnell said: “As John Hume says, Bill Clinton has always had time for Northern Ireland and, today, he told us to ‘embrace the past, not be hindered by it’ and that is what Haass is all about.
“Politicians have a duty to work on our continuing problems and the work of Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan. Bill Clinton said the most important thing is to finish the job and he is right – we owe our young people a future and to make sure John Hume’s legacy is fulfilled and as another great man - the late SDLP MP Eddie McGrady - said ‘we must finish the job’.”