Seamus Mallon, former SDLP deputy leader and one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, has died.
Seamus Mallon was an Irish Patriot. He lived for our country and has left an indelible mark on the lives of everyone who enjoys the peace he helped forge.
— Colum Eastwood (@columeastwood) January 24, 2020
“Seamus Mallon was a force of nature.
In the darkest days of conflict, when hope was in short supply, Seamus represented the fierce thirst for justice that ran through the SDLP and through communities that had lost so much to political violence.
His passion for peace underpinned by truth, justice and reconciliation came from a lifetime as a proud son of Markethill where he was born, grew up and raised his own family.
It didn’t matter who you were, where you worshiped or what your politics were, there was always help to be found at Seamus’ hearth.”
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood