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Statement by the Tánaiste on the death of Nelson Mandela

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Diplomatic Relations, Press Releases, Africa, 2013
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It is with deep sadness and regret that I learned tonight of the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man who holds an extraordinary place in the hearts of the Irish people.

It is with deep sadness and regret that I learned tonight of the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man who holds an extraordinary place in the hearts of the Irish people.

Nelson Mandela had a truly global presence. We all feel part of his extended worldwide family, sharing in the sadness at his death and the celebration of his life.

No few words can express the debt of gratitude that is due to Mr. Mandela for all that he achieved and stood for. Quite simply, he transformed South Africa, and he changed the world.

Through our Embassy in Pretoria I have sent our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr. Mandela’s family and to all of the people of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela greatly appreciated Ireland’s love for him and our country’s friendship and support to the people of South Africa, particularly, in their struggle to end the evil of apartheid.

On this day, I want to pledge our commitment to continuing his work for human rights, peace, equality and development for all of the people of Africa and of the world.

Our world is a poorer place for Nelson Mandela’s passing, but a far richer and better place thanks to his life. May he rest in peace, and may his values, his hopes, his wisdom and his inspiration live on. 

Morning Ireland RTE – Tánaiste: Nelson Mandela ‘changed the world’ 

Oireachtas.ie - Address by Mr. Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress 02 July, 1990

Nelson Mandela address to Oireachtas 1990 (c)Mick Quinn Photography

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5 December 2013