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Sunday 26 February 2017

Gerry Adams to travel to Cuba for Fidel Castro's funeral

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tweeted pictures of himself with Fidel Castro and hailed the former Cuban leader’s stance on Ireland Picture: PA
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tweeted pictures of himself with Fidel Castro and hailed the former Cuban leader’s stance on Ireland Picture: PA

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".

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.

Palestinian medical student Adham Motawi, with an image of Fidel Castro, holds his head in disbelief during a gathering in Castro's honor in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, the day after his death. Cuba will observe nine days of mourning for the former president who ruled Cuba for half a century. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Palestinian medical student Adham Motawi, with an image of Fidel Castro, holds his head in disbelief during a gathering in Castro's honor in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, the day after his death. Cuba will observe nine days of mourning for the former president who ruled Cuba for half a century. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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.

Fidel Castro smokes a cigar during a meeting of the National Assembly in Havana, December 1976 Picture: REUTERS/Prensa Latina/File Photo
Fidel Castro smokes a cigar during a meeting of the National Assembly in Havana, December 1976 Picture: REUTERS/Prensa Latina/File Photo

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