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