John and Pat Hume speak of Martin McGuinness’s ‘indelible print on politics in Ireland’

Martin McGuinness ,  John and Pat Hume and President Bill Clinton in Derry in 2014.
Martin McGuinness , John and Pat Hume and President Bill Clinton in Derry in 2014.

John and Pat Hume have expressed their sympathies following the death of Martin McGuinness who they said had “left an indelible print on politics in Ireland”.

In a statement to the Derry Journal, the former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, and and his wife, Pat said: “We would like to express our sympathy after learning of the death of Martin McGuinness.

“Martin McGuinness has left an indelible print on politics in Ireland.

“Our starting points on the approach to finding a solution to the divisions on this island were very different, but there can be no doubt Martin was deeply committed to the agreed Ireland of the Good Friday Agreement and its power sharing institutions.

“He played a very important role in our peace process and his courageous, generous and gracious gestures as deputy First Minister were offered in the spirit of reconciliation and peace building.

“Our deepest condolences to his wife Bernie, Fiachra, Emmett, Fionnuala and Grainne and the wider family circle.”