Published Saturday, 14 December 2013
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.
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