The Tánaiste has defended the timing of a speech saying Irish unification could happen in his lifetime.
Leo Varadkar's address to his party Ard Fheis has been questioned in a week where tensions are high in the North as parties try to re-establish the Stormont Executive.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar addressing the Fine Gael Ard Fheis last night.
He said Fine Gael plans to set up a branch in Northern Ireland, and discussed in details the plans that will be needed to make a border poll happen.
This morning Labour leader Alan Kelly was among those to question the timing. But Varadkar doesn't believe his remarks will have an impact on events this week in Northern Ireland.
The speech set out ideas about a United Ireland that Varadkar has expressed in public before - but may yet inflame tensions in Northern Ireland due to their timing.