NEWSTALK presenter Chris Donoghue has described his use of an expletive on live radio as "an honest mistake".
The 'Breakfast' host let the swear word slip out after he accidentally "mashed" two phrases together and came up with the "worst thing you can say on radio".
He was in the middle of discussing the cuts to grants for elderly and disabled persons with co-host Ivan Yates when he got tongue-tied.
While talking about "secret government cuts" to grants Donoghue accidentally said the word "c**t".
"The Government this morning stands accused of secret and cruel c**ts," he said to co-host Mr Yates, before he quickly corrected himself to what he meant to say, "grant cuts".
The Newstalk 106-108 presenter laughed off the incident last night, telling the Irish Independent: "It was an honest mistake. I have gotten an awful slagging about it. When you work on live radio every day there is always a chance that something goes wrong.
"But at least people seem to understand that I didn't say it in anger or anything like that."
Donoghue, who presents the breakfast show every weekday from 7am until 10am, later took to social media to describe it as a "hairy morning", and said it was a word "that should get me fired". However, a spokesperson for the national station said that bosses were not upset by the mistake.