Warm wishes as Ireland’s greatest John Hume turns 78

John Hume pictured in the early 1980s.

John Hume pictured in the early 1980s.

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Birthday messages from far and wide have been sent to former SDLP leader John Hume.

Mr. Hume turns 78 today.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey tweeted: “Wishing Ireland’s number 1 and peacemaker John Hume a very happy birthday today, may it bring happiness and contentment.”

Dermott Henderson added: “Wishing a very happy birthday to a personal hero of mine, John Hume. Always thankful to have grown up in the peaceful Ireland he helped forge.”

And the City Hotel tweeted: “Happy birthday today to #JohnHume we’re honoured to have some of his personal items included in our Hume Suite!”

And Foyle SDLP said: “Best wishes from all in Derry @SDLPlive to John Hume on his 78th birthday. Our city and our country owe John and Pat so much.”

It’s understood John Hume is spending the day with family.