MANY tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela have come in from Limerick.
Hundreds of people have dropped into county and city halls to sign books of condolences to the former anti-apartheid leader, who died on Thursday last.
Migrant rights group Doras Luimni has also expressed its sadness at Mr Mandela’s passing.
“The principles and character displayed by Nelson Mandela have acted as inspiration to many who have taken up the call to defend people of all backgrounds against discrimination and hate. Doras Luimní was established on those principles, promoting non-discrimination and equality in order to provide a welcome ‘door’ to Limerick for those who have left their home and arrived in Ireland as new migrants. Many of those migrants sought asylum in Ireland because they were faced with life threatening situations and violations of human rights similar to the apartheid regime that Nelson Mandela fought so hard to end in South Africa,” a spokesperson for the group said.
Doras Luimní said it has been inspired by Nelson Mandela’s work to end segregation through its inter-agency work.
The group’s integration policy officer, Dr Matt Cannon, said: “Doras applies the principles of respect for human rights which Nelson Mandela symbolised to so many by promoting intercultural integration working together with a wide range of statutory and migrant-led organisations to combat racism, but also promote the opposite of segregation – the inclusion of all communities through integration.”
At the launch of the latest Integration Plan for Limerick City and County this Tuesday at 9.30am, aimed at helping foreign nationals in the city, a moment of silence will be held in memory of Mr Mandela.
City councillors also observed a minute of silence at this month’s meeting, which took place late on Monday night.