Published Tuesday, 03 September 2013
The newspaper says the error was due to an automated spellcheck. (© Getty)
The Irish Daily Mirror had spoken to a man who went to the aid of a family whose 18-month-old baby girl tragically fell from an apartment window in Dublin at the weekend and later died.
Enoma Emuobo had called the emergency services while trying to help his stricken neighbours.
But in quoting him, as he described how they then took the child directly to hospital in the taxi, the newspaper appeared to refer to Mr Emuobo by using a racial slur.
On Monday, the Irish Daily Mirror apologised via its Twitter account.
"Yesterday's report on the death of Andrea Grazsiova accidentally contained an offensive term in attributing a quote to Mr Enoma Emuobo," the paper said, in a series of tweets.
"Mr Emuobo was a neighbour who came to the aid of the family. However, there was an error in production.
"An automated spellcheck for a misspelling of the word 'neighbour' generated the word 'Negroid' as a correct option and this was not spotted."
Other Twitter users responded to express distaste over the error, with one commenting: "Maybe you guys should update your spellcheck from the 1820s edition."
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