Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has admitted a Tweet he sent about Leo Varadkar's sexuality was open to interpretation and has apologised to the Dáil.
Deputy Stanley said homophobia is abhorrent and that he tried to contact the Tánaiste today to apologise for the poorly-worded post.
The Laois Offaly TD said he will continue to contact Leo Varadkar again in order to issue an apology.
He told the Dail "Homophobia is abhorrent to me and I absolutely deplore prejudice of any kind, and always have".
Brian Stanley also apologised for a tweet relating to two ambushes in which British soldiers were killed saying we need to be able to talk sensitively about the past.
Deputy Stanley said he hopes people will accept the apologies.