John Hume pays tribute to Eddie McGrady

11 11 2013

 Eddie McGrady puts the finishing touches to his campaign the day before the election when he takes on his main challenger Enoch Powell in the South Down constituency.

 Nobel Laureate former SDLP leader John Hume has paid tribute to Eddie McGrady a fellow founding member of the SDLP who has passed away after a long illness.

Mr Hume said

“I am extremely sad to learn of the death of my dear friend Eddie McGrady.

“Eddie was a man of deep faith incredible fortitude and considerable courage. He brought a sharp political instinct to all his work displaying both talent and tenacity throughout a distinguished career stretching 50 years in public service.

“He will be rightfully remembered for his 1987 election victory over Enoch Powell but we should not forget his unswerving devotion to peace and his substantial contribution towards the new beginning to policing.

“Eddie served the constituency of South Down which he loved with distinction but above all Eddie was a family man happiest at his home in Saul in Downpatrick.

“I wish to send my deepest condolences to his daughter Paula, sons Jerome and Conaill his sister Maire, brother Malachy and wider family circle.”

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dhílis



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