Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed his sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela.
He said: "It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of 'Madiba' Nelson Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela was a towering figure and an inspiration to freedom loving people the world over.
"I wish to extend on my own behalf and that of Sinn Féin, my heartfelt sympathy to Madiba's family, to the ANC and to the people of South Africa. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann aris.”