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Mooney sorry for Thatcher tweet

Ireland all-rounder John Mooney has apologised after tweeting that he hoped Margaret Thatcher's death had been "slow and painful".

Mooney, who scored the winning runs in Ireland's historic win over England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has since deleted the message.

On Tuesday, he said on Twitter: "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!"

Cricket Ireland said Mooney had been instructed to delete the message by chief executive Warren Deutrom.

He described the comments as "crass, insensitive and offensive".

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

Mooney made his first-class debut for Ireland in 2004.

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