Ireland cricketer John Mooney has apologised for a tweet he posted in relation to the death of Margaret Thatcher.

In a statement, Cricket Ireland reacted to Mooney’s original tweet, which has been deleted, 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 subsequently posted an apology on his twitter account, saying that he had learned a “very valuable lesson”.

Mooney currently holds a central contract with Cricket Ireland, which he was first awarded in 2010.