Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, has expressed his sadness and regret at the death of the veteran British Labour politician, Tony Benn.

Benn, who was an MP for more than 50 years, passed away this morning aged 88.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“I was extremely saddened to hear that Tony Benn passed away this morning. I would like to pass my condolences to Tony’s family and close friends.

“Tony Benn was a good friend of Ireland and throughout his lifetime, during good and difficult times, he continually voiced support for the cause of Irish unity and independence.

“He took the side of the poor, the dispossessed and marginalised in Britain and throughout the world. His record of internationalism and solidarity stand in mark contrast to many of his peers.

“He had a passion and a lifelong commitment to politics and he was motivated and excited by ideas and action. He saw himself very much as a republican, a socialist, and an internationalist in the true sense of its meaning.

“His view of politics, the rights of men and women, his vision of an inclusive and a different world, will continue to live on and undoubtedly inspire further generations.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”