The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has called on the Government to make arrangements for representatives of the Dunnes Stores strikers to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
Deputy Smith commented, “The 12 Dunnes Stores workers who stood up against apartheid clearly had a special place in Nelson Mandela’s heart. Mr Mandela recognised their bravery, their commitment and the personal sacrifices they made to highlight violence and oppression in South Africa. It was clear that while he was an inspiration to these 12 brave Irish workers, they too were an inspiration to him and his people.
“As a small gesture to recognise the role that they played in the fight against apartheid, I believe it would be appropriate for Government to facilitate the Dunnes Stores strikers to be represented at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. It is only right that they should have the opportunity to pay their final respects to a man who had great respect for them.
“I would ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs Éamon Gilmore to liaise with the relevant authorities to make the necessary arrangements.”