Dublin, Ireland – The members of the Irish Section of AWEPA wish to express their deepest sympathy on the death of Nelson Mandela to all of his family and to his wife, Ms Graça Machel.
Mr. Mandela was the inspiration for many Irish TDs and Senators who joined AWEPA in order to fight against apartheid using parliamentary means.
Madiba cherished a vision of shared and peaceful democracy that underlay AWEPA’s development as an organisation in solidarity with parliaments and human rights throughout Africa.
Former Senator Katharine Bulbulia, a founding member of the Irish AWEPA Section, said: “Nelson Mandela had a luminous moral compass which shone during the dark days of apartheid and continued to give direction and inspiration to The Rainbow Nation, his beloved South Africa, and the entire world.”
Minister Brendan Howlin, former Head of the Irish AWEPA Section and also a founding member, said: “Madiba on his release from prison came to personify dignity, tolerance, forbearance and generosity to his opponents. He built peace in circumstances where it should not have been possible.”
Maureen O’Sullivan, current Head of the Irish AWEPA Section, said: “I hope the words and actions of Nelson Mandela live on, particularly when he spoke about leaving bitterness and hatred behind and accepting and valuing the principle of reconciliation. I hope that his philosophy can be applied and followed in the many conflict situations in the world today.”