Cricketer sorry for Thatcher tweets

Published Tuesday, 09 April 2013
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Ireland cricketer John Mooney has apologised for his "offensive" Twitter comments about the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Cricketer sorry for Thatcher tweets
Ireland cricketer John Mooney. (© Getty)

In one of a series of messages on the social networking site on Monday, the 31-year-old all-rounder wrote: "I hope it was slow and painful".

The tweets were removed after Cricket Ireland issued a statement explaining that the player faces disciplinary action.

Mooney has now tweeted an apology to anyone who was upset by his comments.

He said: "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!"

In its statement, Cricket Ireland said: "Cricket Ireland would like to distance itself from the comments made by John Mooney earlier today on the social network Twitter following the announcement of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"Cricket Ireland have asked the player to remove the comments which have caused offence, and will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course."

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday morning following a stroke.

She was 87 years old.

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Comments Comments
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (655 days ago):
Ach sure, Maggie's domestic and economic policies had nothing to do with Northern Ireland then S macgowan? You keep telling yourself that.....
another idiot in comber wrote (656 days ago):
why do people like him say things that up set people then say their sorry?do us all a favour , keep your comments to yourself.
s magowan in belfast wrote (656 days ago):
Ulysses32,first of all i am completely against apartheid wether it be racial or religious.As far as the rest of the UK are concerned they had every right to be aggrieved at the poll tax and the treatment of the miners,it was iniquitious and draconian,but sportsmen should at all times avoid getting themselves involved in politics after all there was no striking miners or poll tax in this country so there was nothing to complain about.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (656 days ago):
What did he do wrong? Hes just expressing his opinion, the same opinion of millions of Scottish, welsh, english, irish, argentine, etc people! We all know what Thatcher stood for and that was for the rich, she didnt care about the needy, poor or disadvantaged. Loyalists make fools of themselves again with the mentality: "Thatcher hated IRA = Thatcher very good". Even though Thatcher signed the anglo irish agreement, allowed the Irish goverment to have a say on politics here, etc and their fooled (YET AGAIN) by thatchers "i regretted that later on" line AFTER she left the office of PM. Thatcher was a very smart woman, she knew FULL WELL what she was doing when she signed the anglo irish agreement and had no regrets because her advisors told her something had to happen in order to please nationalists, we're not in the 1700's, you cant exclude an entire community (catholics) just to please another (protestants).
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (656 days ago):
Sorry, s magowan, perhaps you should also take your offence up with the multitides in England, Scotland and Wales. How about those Labour Party (Republicans!?) who are refusing to attend parliament to honour an Apartheid supporter? Are they part of the two communities you refer to?
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