Saturday 22 November 2014

Forbes issues official apology to President Higgins for ‘homosexual’ claim

Published 24/07/2013 | 16:48

President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins

A TOP international business magazine has apologised to President Michael D Higgins for publishing a story on its website in which it claimed he was an “acknowledged homosexual.”

In a statement issued this afternoon, Forbes said it sincerely regretted the error and apologised to President Higgins.

The author of the article, American writer David Monagan, who is based in Cork, last night issued his own apology for the “terrible” error.

In an article about Samantha Power, the Irish woman being appointed as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Monagan made a passing reference to President Higgins.

He wrote: “The current president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, is a poet, acknowledged homosexual, and nearly as outspoken as his predecessors.”

Mr Monagan described the error as “the worst mistake I have ever made.”

In a statement released to the Irish Independent today, a spokeswoman for the influential business magazine said: “On July 23 a contributor to Forbes.com posted an article about American UN Ambassador nominee Samantha Power that contained a serious error concerning the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D Higgins.

“Both Forbes and the author of the post David Monagan sincerely regret the error. Forbes is issuing an apology to President Higgins in a separate correspondence.

“Mr Monagan is part of Forbes.com’s contributor network and the article in question did not appear in Forbes magazine,” she added.

The article was withdrawn from the website when the error was highlighted yesterday.

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