Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD will travel to South Africa this week to attend events marking the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Adams was invited to attend the public memorial service in Johannesburg tomorrow but is unable to travel until Wednesday due to prior engagements in Ireland.
The Sinn Féin President will depart on Wednesday and has been invited by the ANC to attend a special memorial service on Saturday.
The event will take place at the Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria, where the ruling party will bid Madiba farewell.
Speaking today Mr Adams said:
“We in Sinn Féin are very proud of the decades old relationship we have with our friends in the ANC. It is a great honour to be asked by the ANC to attend their service of remembrance on Saturday where they will bid Madiba farewell."
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, in his capacity as deputy First Minister in the North, will also travel to South Africa and will be in attendance at the public memorial service in Johannesburg tomorrow when he will join tens of thousands of South Africans paying tribute to their former President.