Nelson Mandela meets the strikers in Dublin.

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after serving 27 years for plotting sabotage of the South African state. He came to Ireland four months later and met nine of the Dunnes Stores strikers at a lunch in the Berkeley Court Hotel in Dublin, hosted by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement.  

This extract from television coverage of the visit shows Cathryn O’Reilly presenting Mandela with a picture of the Birmingham Six by artist Robert Ballagh. The voiceover is from Mandela’s speech at the lunch, praising the strikers for what they did. Afterwards, Liz Deasy, Karen Gearon and Cathryn O’Reilly talk about what it was like to meet him.