A SINN Fein MLA has had to issue an apology after he re-tweeted a lewd comment about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Fermanagh and South Tyrone politician Phil Flanagan both favoured and shared the Tweet with his 3,600-plus followers on Monday.
However, he has now issued a statement of apology to his local Impartial Reporter newspaper.
Mr Flanagan, a former Sinn Fein press officer who is also a father of two children, was criticised on the social networking site after he shared the tweet.
The tweet was posted ahead of the news that the Royal couple had given birth to their first child, who has been named George Alexander Louis.
“In a split second error of judgement, I misconstrued the meaning of this tweet and re-tweeted it to my followers in that context,” Mr Flanagan said in his statement
“I innocently believed that this joke was about an expectant father being spotted entering the hospital through the front door, leading to a two day media circus with no news to report.
“In hindsight, I can now understand the potential double meaning that some may read into this, but this was not my intention.
“I apologise for any offence that this may have caused anyone.”