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BBC Apologises For Tommy Tiernan Joke About Arlene Foster

By James Fenton

April 27, 2017 at 8:08am


Controversial comedian Tommy Tiernan hasn't been in trouble in few years. His recent RTÉ chat show gained him a lot of admirers and a whole new fanbase but it appears the Navan man retains his mischievous streak.

Appearing on BBC Radio Foyle in Derry, Tiernan was speaking to host Mark Patterson about DUP leader Arlene Foster when he said:

“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 then went on to mimic Foster:

"Go on, you pups, you fenian bastards, go up you fenian."

Before adding:

"Friesian, Arlene. They're called Friesian."

The BBC has since apologised for the joke in a statement:

“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."

What do you make of the gag? Did Tommy go to far or was it just a bit of craic? Let us know in the comments.

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