Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD, Martin McGuinness MLA and Michelle Gildernew MP will be in London tomorrow (Thursday) to represent the party at the funeral service for Tony Benn, which takes place at St Margaret’s Church Westminster.Michelle Gildernew will also pay respects to Tony Benn this evening at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, in the House of Commons, where he will repose overnight.
Speaking prior to travelling to London, Michelle Gildernew MP said: "I am proud to be representing the Sinn Féin MPs at the funeral service of Tony Benn in London tomorrow, alongside Gerry Adams TD and Martin McGuinness MLA.
"Tony was a great friend of the Irish people, a politician of immense standing and principle, as an activist and as an MP. He was a committed socialist and internationalist, and a strong campaigner for justice and freedom – especially in relation to Ireland.
"As a true democrat, he spoke passionately in support of Irish unity and self-determination. His vision and foresight made him a powerful advocate of the peace process and inclusive dialogue, long before it was popular to do so.
"Tony was a champion for humanity all his life, in Britain, Ireland and throughout the world. He will be deeply missed. "On behalf of all of our MPs, and Sinn Féin, I extend my condolences to Tony Benn's family at this sad time."