A week of national mourning is under way in South Africa after the passing of Nelson Mandela
Thousands of people have spent a second night on the streets of South Africa to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela.
There has also been a steady stream of visitors, through the night, to Mr Mandela’s home in Johannesburg.
A week of national mourning in South Africa includes a national day of prayer today.
A State Memorial Service for the former South African President will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The service will be attended by President Michael D Higgins.
The White House confirmed that US President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle will be travelling to South Africa next week to pay their respects and take part in memorial events for Mr Mandela.
Mr Obama spoke to Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, by phone yesterday to express condolences over the former South African president’s death, the White House said.
“The president thanked Mrs Machel for the profound influence that Nelson Mandela has had on him, and underscored the power of President Mandela’s example for the people of South Africa and the entire world,” the White House said in a statement.
“President Obama expressed gratitude and thanks for the joy that Graca Machel brought to Nelson Mandela’s life, and the commitment to a peaceful, fair, and loving world that she and President Mandela shared.”
The remains of the 95-year-old will lie in state in Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday of next week, before being flown to his ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape for a State funeral on Sunday week.
Books of condolences
Books of condolence for the late Nelson Mandela are open across the country from this morning.
In Dublin a book of condolence can be signed at the Mansion House today and tomorrow and also at St Patrick’s Cathedral from today until this day week.
Books of condolence are also being made available in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast.