'Peace warrior' Hume gets the freedom of Cork
FORMER SDLP leader John Hume has received the Freedom of Cork for his vast contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.
Mr Hume was formally presented with the honour by Cork's Lord Mayor, Cllr Colm Burke of Fine Gael, at a lavish ceremony in Cork City Hall.
The Lord Mayor hailed John Hume as one of the great Irishmen of the modern era after City Manager Joe Gavin read out his award citation.
"If you look at the recipients who have been awarded this accolade in the past, the contribution they have made to their time is immediately apparent," he said.
"These include John F Kennedy, Sean O Faolain, George Mitchell, O'Donovan Rossa, Woodrow Wilson, Eamon de Valera and Mary Robinson."
Mr Hume's citation traced his enormous contribution to Northern and Irish politics from the civil rights movement through to the recent Good Friday peace agreement.
Mr Hume said he was humbled by the honour and stressed that it was time for all democrats to redouble their efforts to ensure that the gains in the Northern Ireland peace process are built upon.