The Taoiseach has apologised for comparing the Fianna Fáil leader to a 'sinning priest'.
Leo Varadkar made the remarks during a debate with Micheál Martin in the Dáil yesterday.
He said Mr Martin was like a parish priest preaching to avoid sin and then engaging in all kinds of sin behind the altar.
A number of TDs called for an apology, and Leo Varadkar gave one this afternoon, "Look I said something in the heat of debate in the Dail yesterday. It was a rather bitter and personal debate on both sides but in doing so I offended a lot of people who I never intended to offend. I am sorry for that. I do apologise and I'm going to withdraw the remarks."