A Limerick national school has apologised to a Muslim pupil after a copy of the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo was brought into class by another student.

The Limerick School Project was having a current affairs discussion when the magazine depicting a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad was produced, according to Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe.

Mr Rowe told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that an anonymous call had been made to a local paper complaining about the incident.

Mr Rowe said he believed the school dealt with the situation in a responsible and respectful way and was confident the school responded properly to the incident.

"The school has formally apologised both to the child and the parents involved,” he said.

“But this was not something that was brought up as a class lesson, it happened in the normal course of the school day.

“The school involved has a massive reputation for dealing with intercultural issues extremely well."