Ireland news April 9, 2013

Mooney faces flak over Thatcher tweet


Ireland allrounder John Mooney faces the prospect of disciplinary action following a tweet made in response to Margaret Thatcher's death.

After news of Baroness Thatcher's death broke on Monday, a tweet appearing from Mooney's account, said: "I hope it was slow and painful." It was removed within a few hours of appearing.

In a statement, Cricket Ireland reacted to the comments, saying: "Cricket Ireland would like to distance itself from the comments made by John Mooney earlier today on the social network, Twitter, following the announcement of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"Cricket Ireland have asked the player to remove the comments which have caused offence, and will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course."

Mooney currently holds a central contract with Cricket Ireland, which he was first awarded in 2010. Since making his ODI debut against England in 2006, he has become an important part of Ireland's side. Most notably, his unbeaten 33, following on from four wickets, sealed victory over England in the 2011 World Cup. In February, Mooney returned from injury to appear in both Ireland's World Cricket League victories over the UAE.

Following the tweet on Thatcher's death, a series of other tweets appeared from Mooney's account. One, referring to the Sinn Fein politician, Gerry Adams, said "maybe he will get the recognition he deserves down the line, like Mandela and other men". Responding to the news of Thatcher's death, Adams had described her policy towards Ireland as "a total and absolute failure".

When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, Mooney was unavailable for comment.

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  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Ill advised yes - glad he apologized. The biggest problem is that he plays in a United Ireland team and their combined spirit has been, and is, wonderful to behold in a team that is really 2 nations. I hope management bring it in house and use moderation in how they deal with him (and I'm sure they will - Irish cricket has been remarkable for its quality management over the last few years). Handled properly this will fade - if they make an issue out of it then irrespective of the text of his comment sides will be taken and that would be damaging all round. Still I have faith in the administration that took this team from being a joke to being a team the big boys want to avoid in major tournaments -for over 10 years now ....

  • Hitesh on April 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    It is outrageous, just because he plays for Ireland does not mean that he does not have any rights to express his opinion...

  • Arshad on April 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    What is the big fuss about, people? John Mooney made an offensive comment (for some); Cricket Ireland reprimanded him. This is between Mooney and Ireland Cricket board. Enough said

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    When you (Mooney) work for a company (Irish cricket Board), you are an employee that has to go by certain rules and to offend dead's family is certainly not allowed. Its that easy. Freedom of expression doesnt mean one can do or say anything. Limit to every damn thing is essential

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    People are going to have to start disclaiming their own comments, otherwise I do think their employers have a right to discipline them.

  • Harish on April 9, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Looney is more like it. Extremely insensitive. Freedom of expression aside, how does a public figure expect to get away with such a thoughtless attitude.

  • Tony on April 9, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Who are they to take disciplinary action against somebody exercising their freedom of speech. Nowadays we all have to express the opinions of the mainstream otherwise there are repercussions.

  • Kalyan on April 9, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    an appalling comment by an otherwise attractive cricketer.

  • Faizan on April 9, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Where is the so called freedom of expression here? He spoke what he felt like and should not face any disciplinary action. If you bind him with things like clauses and "representing your country" then you are limiting his freedom and freedom can't be confined.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    A sad comment despite his feelings about Margaret Thatcher, it is time to let her RIP

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