Mid Ulster MLA Martin McGuinness has said he hopes to attend the funeral of the former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The Deputy First Minister said it would be a ‘great honour’ to attend the state funeral next Sunday.
“We are working on that at the moment,” he told the BBC.
“Our officials are examining, along with other officials from both the Irish government and the British government, how we can make that happen.
“I would certainly like to be there and, I think, every effort will be made to ensure we are represented.
“I think it is important that we honour and respect the memory of Nelson Mandela.”