Comedian Tommy Tiernan has been criticised over a joke he made on live radio about DUP leader Arlene Foster working on a farm in South Fermanagh.

Appearing on Tuesday’s Mark Patterson show on Radio Foyle, Tiernan said he had an "interest" in Foster and jokingly suggested that if she wasn’t a politician, she could work on a farm.

"If she wasn't in politics I can see her working single-handedly on a tiny little farm in south Fermanagh driving cattle up some country lane," he said.

Tiernan then imitated Mrs Foster’s voice and said:  "Go on you pups, you fenian ba****ds ye, go up you fenian . . . Friesian Arlene, they are called Friesian, Arlene. I'll call them what I want."

After the interview, host Patterson apologised for any offence caused and said: "Tommy is, I suppose that kind of talent in terms of what he does."

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DUP MP Gregory Campbell said that despite being someone who was "fairly well known" for humour and satire, he thought that some of the language Tiernan used was "excessive".

Speaking to The Belfast News Letter, Mr Campbell said: "His humour can be quite lively if it is delivered and taken in the spirit it is intended it to be, but some of that stuff (about Arlene Foster) appears to be, in terms if the language used anyway, almost deliberately provocative to try to engender some sort of outrage. "

The BBC apologised and said the language used was "clearly inappropriate". The broadcaster has now removed the section of the programme from its catch-up services.

A BBC spokesman said: "The language used by our guest was clearly inappropriate. We unreservedly apologise for its use and any offence caused. This section of the programme has been removed for our catch-up services."