It may have been swiftly deleted - but Gerry Adams' single tweet has made headlines around the world.
The Sinn Fein president sparked an uproar on Sunday night as he took to social media after watching the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.
After watching the film, Mr Adams came under fire when he used the N-word in a tweet where he compared the struggle against slavery in the US to the plight of Irish nationalists.
It said: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****!"
A statement issued by Sinn Fein in the early hours of Monday morning said that the use of the word was "ironic" and denied racism.
A media facility was later organised on Monday morning where the Louth TD said he "acknowledged" the word was "inappropriate" and apologised for its use.
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.