Updated: 28/11/16 : 13:09:42
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President Higgins signs Fidel Castro Book of Condolence

President Michael D Higgins has signed a book of condolence at the Cuban embassy in Dublin for former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Writing in the book, President Higgins expressed his sympathies on behalf of the people of Ireland.

"On behalf of the people of Ireland to express their sympathies to the people of Cuba on the passing of former head of State Fidel Castro Ruiz."

He also wrote a short message in Spanish.

It follows a call for the President to apologise for remarks he made in a statement following the death of Castro.

On Saturday Mr Higgins said Fidel Castro would be remembered as a "giant among global leaders" whose "view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet".

Mr Higgins’ office yesterday insisted any suggestion that the statement neglected human rights concerns was "unwarranted".

A second book of condolence will be opened at the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor Brendan Carr from 11am.