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Forbes sorry for Higgins 'gay' post

Published 24/07/2013|16:17

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Forbes has apologied to President Michael D Higgins over an error in one of its online articles

Renowned financial magazine Forbes has apologised to the President of Ireland for publishing an article which described him as gay.

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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.

President Higgins, who has four children and is married to his actress wife Sabina, featured in an article Monagan wrote about the US nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.

Forbes said the piece which was online for several hours contained a "serious error".

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland's deputy prime minister and a former colleague of President Higgins in the Labour Party, said the fact that the story was pulled speaks for itself.

"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.

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