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Ireland cricketer apologises for 'offensive' tweets on Thatcher death

Cricket Ireland said they would consider “appropriate disciplinary action” against John Mooney.

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IRISH INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER John Mooney has apologised after coming under fire for his comments on the death of former British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher.

“I would like to apologise to anyone that I upset with my tweets yesterday regarding the death of Margaret Thatcher,” Mooney tweeted this morning.

“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!”

Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM and one of the most divisive politicians in the state’s history, died yesterday aged 87 following a stroke.

In a short statement, Cricket Ireland distanced itself from Mooney’s comments and said that it would consider taking action against the Dubliner.

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“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.”

Mooney, 31, won his first Irish cap in 2001 and most recently was involved in the team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates last month where they consolidated their qualification challenge for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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