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

Nelson Mandela was not just a symbol, he was the architect of reconciliation.

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

I was privileged to spend the 20th century with Nelson Mandela

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