Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, joined others from all over the world in honouring former South African president, Nelson Mandela, by signing a book of condolence in Derry’s Guildhall earlier today.
Mr. McGuinness met the former ANC leader on several occasions and said the Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Friday aged 95, was a “true friend to Ireland”.
“I offer my heartfelt sympathies to his family at this difficult time. I was honoured to meet Nelson Mandela the last time he was in Dublin and there is no doubt he was truly one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime. He was a true friend to Ireland.
“Through his humility, strong negotiation skills and desire for justice he earned respect as an ambassador for peace, human rights and democracy across the globe. It was appropriate in 1993 this was recognised when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with former South African President FW De Klerk,” he said.
Other politicians to sign the book of condolence include former SDLP leader, John Hume and wife, Pat, SDLP MP for Foyle, Mark Durkan and Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly.
Meanwhile, up to 50 people attended a candlelight vigil at Free Derry Corner on Friday evening in memory of Mr. Mandela.