Renowned financial magazine Forbes has apologised to Ireland's President for publishing an article on its website which described him as an "acknowledged homosexual".
The New York-based business bible said both it and the article's author, David Monagan, "sincerely regret the error" made about President Michael D Higgins.
President Higgins has four children and is married to his actress wife Sabina.
"Forbes is issuing an apology to President Higgins in a separate correspondence," the magazine said.
A spokesman for the President has declined to comment about the piece, which was online for several hours yesterday.