Former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has died aged 83 3 weeks ago

Former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has died aged 83

The civil rights campaigner passed away in his home.

Seamus Mallon, perhaps best known for playing a major role in the peace process leading to the Good Friday Agreement, has died at the age of 83.

A renowned civil rights campaigner since the 1960s, he also served as deputy first minister in the power-sharing administration with first minister David Trimble.

Mallon passed away in his home in Armagh today (Friday 24 January).

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood made a statement upon the news of Mallon's passing:

"Seamus lived for Ireland and worked for all of its people - we are all the better for it. The pride of Seamus' life was his dearly loved late wife Gertrude, their daughter Orla and granddaughter Lara.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Orla, her husband Mark, and Lara at this difficult time. I hope they’re comforted by Seamus’ incredible legacy and the indelible mark he left on the lives of so many people."