Celebrations in Dublin as Nelson Mandela is released in South Africa.

Friends and neighbours of the co-founder and chair of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement Dr Kader Asmal gather in his living room to watch Nelson Mandela take his first steps to freedom after spending 27 years in prison for his activities in the African National Congress (ANC) opposing South Africa's system of apartheid.

Among those gathered in Dr Asmal’s home is Marius Schoon who served 14 years in a South African prison.
When Nelson Mandela finally appeared it was time for cheers and champagne and the celebration moved out onto the streets of Foxrock.

Kader Asmal praises the support the anti-apartheid movement received in Ireland.

The Irish have been absolutely wonderful about our struggle.

A toast is drunk to the rallying cry used by the ANC and its allies ‘amandla’ or ‘power’.

Nigerian Ambassador Ampin D J Blankson is also celebrating Nelson Mandela’s freedom.

Life is full of surprises, I hope this will be the beginning of many more surprises until that glorious dawn happens in South Africa, where man will no longer be an enemy of man.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 February 1990. The reporter is Orla Guerin.