Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has apologised for an “off the cuff” remark he made about former US President Bill Clinton.
Speaking in Washington DC, the Taoiseach recalled he had interned in the US Capitol in the final year of the Clinton Presidency.
It was, he said, a time, “When some parents would have had cause for concern about what would happen to interns in Washington”.
“At the Washington Ireland Program event today the Taoiseach was reminiscing about his time in Washington DC as an intern 23 years ago," a spokesperson said.
"He made an ill-judged off the cuff remark which he regrets. He apologises for any offence caused to anyone concerned.”
Much of Bill Clinton’s second term in office was paralysed by the revelation that he had had sexual relations with a young White House intern called Monica Lewinsky.
Mr and Mrs Clinton are due to visit Ireland next month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Main image: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Senate Room at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, 15-03-2023. Image: PA Images / Alamy