Forbes issues official apology to President Higgins for ‘homosexual’ claim

A top international business magazine has apologised to President Michael D Higgins for publishing a story on its website in which it claimed he was an “acknowledged homosexual.”

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In a statement issued this afternoon, Forbes said it sincerely regretted the error and apologised to President Higgins.

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The author of the article, American writer David Monagan, who is based in Cork, last night issued his own apology for the “terrible” error.

In an article about Samantha Power, the Irish woman being appointed as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Monagan made a passing reference to President Higgins.

He wrote: “The current president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, is a poet, acknowledged homosexual, and nearly as outspoken as his predecessors.”

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