Renowned financial magazine Forbes has apologised to the President of Ireland for publishing an article which described him as gay.
The New York-based business bible, famed for its rich list, claimed Michael D Higgins was an "acknowledged homosexual" in a piece on its website on Tuesday.
"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," the magazine said.
Forbes said the piece which was online for several hours contained a "serious error".
"I understand it was online and it was taken down - I think that tells us everything we need to know about that article," he said. "It's probably more a source of embarrassment for the journalist who wrote it than for anyone else."
Monagan, originally from the US but based in Co Cork, is part of Forbes.com's contributor network.
The article did not go to print.