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A radio presenter has publicly apologised for a ‘false’ tweet he published about political commentator Eoghan Harris.

Newstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy – who presents the Hard Shoulder –  posted on Twitter last night to “apologise unreservedly” for the tweet, which was published last month.

"On 3rd June 2022 I published a tweet accusing Eoghan Harris of using a Twitter account to ‘sling insults at young journalists based on their looks’. I now accept this accusation is false and I apologise unreservedly to Eoghan Harris for causing him distress,” he said.

Mr Harris was a long time columnist with the Sunday Independent up until May last year, when his contract was terminated.

The termination came about due to Mr Harris’s involvement in the fake Barbara J Pym Twitter account which was set up in February 2020.

Sunday Independent Editor Alan English said Mr Harris’s “position as a columnist became untenable” when he confirmed his involvement in the operation of the account.

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“Many of the views expressed – such as opposition to ‘Sinn Féin pressure for a united Ireland’ are in keeping with those articulated by Eoghan Harris in his Sunday Independent column,” Mr English said in a statement at the time.

“Eoghan has accepted that he was one of the founders of the account. He has also stated to me that he was ‘one of a group of people that contributed to a Barbara Pym entity’.

“Having reviewed the account this week I found it frequently went far beyond what I would describe as fair and reasonable comment. Under no circumstances would such material have been published in our newspaper or on Independent.ie,” Mr English’s statement added.

Twitter suspended the Barbara J Pym account.

Two prominent journalists, Allison Morris and Aoife Moore have taken legal proceedings against Mr Harris in relation to content published from the account.

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