Fury as Gerry Adams tweets n-word
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams provoked fury on social media last night after using a racial slur - the 'n' word - online.
Adams caused enormous controversy with the tweet as he was watching the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.
It features Jamie Foxx trying to free his wife from slavery, and makes heavy use of the word.
Adams wrote: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****!'
He quickly deleted the tweet.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood tweeted: "Astonished that Gerry Adams would use such a racist word on Twitter. A disgrace."
Another user said: "Screenshots haven't gone away you know."
It's not the first time Mr Adams has evoked the language of the race debate in America. In March, he said his party will not "sit at the back of the bus for anyone" after he was denied entry to the White House for a St Patrick's celebration.
He was criticised for comparing himself to civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
A media facility was later organised on Monday morning where he "acknowledged" the word was "inappropriate" and apologised for it - but stood over the context.
He said: "I acknowledge that my use of the N-word was inappropriate and I apologise for that. But I stand over the context and the historic parallels between what was happening in Ireland and the struggle of the people from Africa America.
"There is ample evidence in history of the parallels including the penal laws, the partition of Ireland and even in our own times like in North America, the discrimination over jobs and so on."