Leo Varadkar has issued a stern warning to certain individuals with “narrow political agendas” trying to “attack” the Good Friday Agreement.
“They will not prevail,” he told an event in Washington DC to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
“The Good Friday Agreement is our precious inheritance and our immovable foundation for future relationships.
“It has come under attack from some quarters recently – from people with narrow political agendas who do not understand Ireland and our history.
“They will not prevail.”
He also called once again for a renewed effort after Easter from all involved to get negotiations on a possible solution to the impasse in Northern Ireland up and running in a serious way again.
“I believe the period after Easter should see a redoubled effort on the part of both Governments and all of the parties in Northern Ireland to seek agreement on the restoration of the institutions.
“It is my view that this will require very close co-operation and leadership from the British and Irish Governments.
“It may be that again the Governments will have to table our own proposals to help the parties break the deadlock.”
In comments to reporters before his Good Friday address, Mr Varadkar indicated that a new ambassador to Ireland could be unveiled by Donald Trump at the White House on St Patrick’s Day.
“It is important to have a US Ambassador appointed,” Mr Varadkar said, even ahead of any special US envoy to Northern Ireland in the current circumstances.
And speaking about the news that Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has cancelled his foreign St Patrick’s Day engagements because of a worsening trolley crisis, Mr Varadkar said it was the right decision.
Although he ruled out coming home himself to face the music.