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Hume Foundation calls for "civility" after MP murder

Dr Seán Farren is chairman of the John and Pat Hume Foundation.
Seamus McKinney

THE foundation established in memory of John and Pat Hume has called for “civility” in politics following the murder of British Conservative MP, Sir David Amess.

In a joint statement, issued with the Glencree Centre of Peace and Reconciliation, foundation chairman, Seán Farren said there was an urgent need to promote greater tolerance. The John and Pat Hume Foundation was established to nurture the legacy of the Derry couple who died in August 2020 and September 2021 respectively.

The two organisations said the murders of Sir David Amess and, some years before, Labour MP Jo Cox, showed democracy came at a high price. In recent years, difference in political discourse was often perceived and experienced as “negative, acrimonious and polarising” as politicians and their followers engaged in hostile rhetoric.

“We believe there is an urgent need to promote civility in politics where differences are respected, where ethical and civil dialogue is embraced and where efforts are focused on working together to enhance and better serve democracy, diversity and political decision-making,” the organisations said.

The groups called for a rededication to the commitments of “partnership, equality and mutual respect” enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.

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