Dublin laments death of its Freeman Nelson Mandela

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Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn has expressed regret on behalf of all Dubliners on hearing of the death of Nelson Mandela.

The Lord Mayor said, “It is with much sorrow that I learned of the sad passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, renowned Human Rights Activist and Prisoner of Conscience.  Mr. Mandela was awarded the Freedom of Dublin in 1988 for his non-violent approach to ending apartheid in South Africa through peaceful reconciliation. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife Graca Machel, his family, friends and the South African people at this time”.

“It was the great privilege of Lord Mayor Ben Briscoe and the City of Dublin to award Nelson Mandela the Freedom of the City for his humanitarian efforts in 1988.   Although imprisoned when he was bestowed with the honour, he thanked the people of Dublin and Ireland through his solicitor, in his first communication with the outside world in over 26 years. On 1st July 1990, we were given the opportunity to greet him publicly and express our respect, admiration and affection for him, when he officially accepted his Freedom of the City award from Lord Mayor Sean Haughey at the Mansion House, Dublin”, the Lord Mayor added.  

As a mark of respect the Dublin flag will be flown at half mast over the Mansion House, City Hall and Civic Offices.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhilis.”

 ENDS

For further information contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office: 01 -2222170

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