Nelson Mandela dies

South Africa's first black president, who led the country from apartheid to democracy, has died

David Cochrane Thu, Dec 5
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    Good evening, it was announced just over an hour ago that the former South African President Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95.
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     “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”

    South African President Jacon Zuma, in a live address earlier

    >  Former South African president Nelson Mandela dies

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    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death tonight.


    • 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.

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    So too has British Prime Minister David Cameron

    • A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death - a true global hero. Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace. Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.

      My heart goes out to his family - and to all in South Africa and around the world whose lives were changed through his courage.

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    Here's Pg1 of Friday's Irish Times

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    Desmond Tutu has written a very fitting tribute to Mandela

    • "...the leader of our generation who stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries — a colossus of unimpeachable moral character and integrity, the world's most admired and revered public figure."

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    Here are some of the major events from Mandela's life...

    > Nelson Mandela: A timeline

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    Irish Times Washington Correspondent Simon Carswell...

    • US president Barack Obama paid tribute to Nelson Mandela tonight saying that the former South African leader had achieved more than could be expected of any man.

      “We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth,” he said.

    > Mandela ‘belongs to the ages’ - Obama

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    Bono's tribute to Mandela

    >  The Man Who Could Not Cry

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