Adams in guard of honour for Mandela

Published Saturday, 14 December 2013
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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has formed part of the guard of honour for Nelson Mandela at an African National Congress ceremony in South Africa.

Adams in guard of honour for Mandela
Gerry Adams was invited to the ANC event. (© Sinn Féin)

The former West Belfast MP, now Louth TD, stood alongside ANC officials during the farewell event for the anti-apartheid revolutionary, who died last week aged 95.

"We were honoured and privileged to be part of Guard of Honour for Madiba today," said Mr Adams, who was joined by party colleague Richard McAuley.

Meanwhile a service has taken place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast to celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

The public were invited to join Saturday's gathering, which was organised by Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir, Dean of Belfast John Mann, and the African and Caribbean community.

Mr Mandela's funeral will be held on Sunday in Qunu, the tiny village where he grew up.

Some 4,000 people - including the Prince of Wales and dignitaries from around the world - are expected to attend alongside family members and African leaders.

It comes at the end of a week of events to remember Nelson Mandela.

© UTV News
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49 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (127 days ago):
@sam actually it was dee from Newtownabby that mentioned the 1690 not Ryan. "bigoted, blinkered, sectarian outlook on life". Learn to read. Take a wee look through my comments and if you can point out to me where I mentioned your 1690 I will apologise. If not I await your apology.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (127 days ago):
Ryan did you even consider the possibility that I was born on the 1st June 1990 (1/6/90) or that this date is of personal importance to me? No your bigoted, blinkered, sectarian outlook on life sadly didn't let this cross your mind.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (127 days ago):
Well Iain that's your view. And going by your post we all know you don't agree with the republican view point and never never never will. Just as I don't agree with the loyalist view of this island. All that was in the comment are facts. Facts that can be freely researched. But you won't be able to as utv won't post it. So going by my other comments you don't like the one you haven't read? Wide up to yourself.
Iain in Belfast wrote (127 days ago):
Ryan, having read all the other rubbish you post it's not too difficult to imagine what you were moaning about. So go shhhhhh yourself. One day you may speak some common sense but I wouldn't hold out much hope for that.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (128 days ago):
@sam Ballysillan. You answered your own question. Read your comment and there's your answer. Why fight against what you are loyal to. Sinn Fein are a Republican Party. They are fighting politically in the north and in the south of Ireland. This may surprise you sam but Ireland was Irish before the British claimed it. Nelson Mandela was fighting against oppression. It doesn't matter if the oppressors where black or white or both. He was against it and wanted freedom from the oppressors. That's the link the Irish republicans have with Nelson Mandela. Now if you want to turn that into your own twisted way that's up to you. Wonder will utv post this? As they have censored my other comments. @ Iain in Belfast you can't comment on what you haven't seen so shhhhhh.
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