Gerry Adams to travel to Cuba for Fidel Castro's funeral
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he will to travel to Cuba for the funeral of former Cuban president Fidel Castro next weekend.
Mr Adams said he is "honoured to be representing Sinn Féin at Fidel's funeral".
I am honoured 2 b representing Sinn Féin @ Fidel's funeral.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) November 27, 2016
Mr Adams said Mr Castro was a global leader and a good friend of the Irish people.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader who died at the age of 90.
Meanwhile President Michael D Higgins has rejected claims he ignored human rights concerns in a statement marking the death of Fidel Castro.
Criticism of the comments in which Michael D Higgins described the former Cuban president as a "giant among global leaders" has been unwarranted, his spokesman said.