Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore : “Apartheid was an issue in Ireland, Mandela was aware of it. He was also aware of Ireland’s own political struggle . . .” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela speaks after being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Galway in 2003
Not just a symbol

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

File image from June 2008   of (foreground, left to right) Dublin’s then deputy lord mayor Anne Carter, Dr Kader Asmal and former Dunnes worker Mary Manning, kneeling next to a plaque commemorating a group of supermarket workers who staged a two-and-a-half year anti-apartheid strike in the 1980s, as it was unveiled in central Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

Members of the Ubuhle Besintu Theatre group, at the opening of The Irish Campaign Against Apartheid in South Africa Exhibition, at City Hall, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

An estimated 10,000 Irish people were involved in the former anti-apartheid campaign, South African ambassador to Ireland Azwi(...)