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Taoiseach unveils bust of John Hume in the European Parliament today

Taoiseach unveils bust of John Hume in the European Parliament today

Taoiseach Micheál Martin to unveil a bust of Nobel laureate John Hume at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Martin is in the French city for a series of engagements in the Council of Europe, on the occasion of the Irish presidency of the body.

On Tuesday evening, together with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, he will unveil a bust of the longtime SDLP leader and key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, Mr Hume, which was donated to Parliament by the Irish government.

It marks the contribution made by the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize during his 25 years as an MEP, and the inspiration he drew for his work from the European project.

The bust was created by artist Liz O’Kane.

The presentation will be preceded by a talk on Mr Hume to be given by Tory Peer Lord Patten of Barnes.

dr. Sean Farren, President of the John and Pat Hume Foundation said: “The unveiling of the beautiful bust of John Hume at the European Parliament in Strasbourg is a very important moment for the Hume family.

“It’s also hugely symbolic, as the European Union inspired John Hume’s journey of peace, reconciliation and diversity.

“The importance of the EU was clear from his very first visit to Strasbourg in 1979, as a Member of the European Parliament.

“John Hume believed that respect for differences was the first principle of the European Union.

“His strong words are as strong today as the people of Ukraine who suffer from the violence of others.

Today, despite adversity, we must continue to choose the path of peace and step back from the shadows of war.

“We must seek justice and stand up to intolerance and tyranny.

“We must deliver on the promise of conflict resolution and move away from the terrible spiral of violence.”

The Taoiseach continues his visit on Wednesday and will address the European Parliament plenary, reflecting on the 50 years since Ireland decided to join the European Union.

He also hopes to meet the president of the Ukrainian parliament, who will also visit the European Parliament.

Martin said: “I am really looking forward to my visit to Strasbourg, the seat of a number of key European institutions.

“Ireland currently holds the presidency of the Council of Europe, a body that does essential work in support of democracy, the rule of law and human rights on our continent.

“I look forward to discussing her work, especially in the context of the war in Ukraine.

“In the European Parliament I will unveil a bust to mark the career of John Hume, a giant of Irish politics, who drew so much inspiration from the European project in his work for peace in Ireland.

“I am also honored to address the Parliament’s plenary on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Irish people’s decision to join the then European Community.

“That decision was hugely transformative for the country and I will express my view that those who want to join the EU now, including Ukraine, should be able to take advantage of the same opportunities.”

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