John Mooney issues apology over Margaret Thatcher tweet

Ireland's John Mooney in action on March 2, 2011
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Ireland all-rounder John Mooney apologises for a tweet in which he hoped Margaret Thatcher's death was "slow and painful".

Ireland all-rounder John Mooney has apologised for posting a tweet claiming that he hoped former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's death was "slow and painful".

Thatcher, who served as prime minister for 11 years from 1979, died on Monday following a series of strokes.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom called Mooney's comments "crass, insensitive and offensive".

"I would like to apologise to anyone that I upset with my tweets - I realise now that they were offensive to many and I have deleted them," Mooney said.

The Premier League and Football League have confirmed that clubs will not be asked to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher on March 8, 2008
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