AN Irish cricketer has apologised after tweeting that he hoped Margaret Thatcher's death had been "slow and painful".
John Mooney, who scored the winning runs in Ireland's win over England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has deleted the message.
Yesterday, he used his Twitter account to apologise, saying: "I would like to apologise to anyone that I upset with my tweets yesterday regarding the death of Margaret Thatcher.
"I realise now that they were offensive to many and have deleted them. I'd like to assure my family, friends, employers and... team mates that I have learned a very valuable lesson and in future will stick to focusing on my game!"
Cricket Ireland said Mr Mooney had been instructed to delete the message by chief executive Warren Deutrom.
He described the comments as, "crass, insensitive and offensive".
The organisation said it wanted to distance itself from Mr Mooney's comments. "Cricket Ireland has asked the player to remove the comments which have caused offence, and will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course," it said.
Mr Mooney made his first- class debut for Ireland in 2004 and went on to play his first one-day international in 2006 before the historic win over England in India.
Meanwhile, a former Fianna Fail special adviser has been condemned by his own party for his comments about how IRA hunger strikers "deservedly died painfully".
Stephen Kearon is the PR officer for Fianna Fail in Wicklow and previously acted as a special adviser to former Fianna Fail minister Dick Roche.
In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death, he sent a personal message on the social network Twitter praising her stance during the 1981 IRA hunger strikes.
"Thatcher deserves our gratitude for ensuring that Provo thugs and criminals who didn't like prison food deservedly died painfully".
But after a storm of protests from other Twitter users, he later apologised for his remarks to another user on Twitter.