A united Ireland could happen in his lifetime, and no group should be able to veto it, he told his Fine Gael party's Ard Fheis (conference) last week.
He added there was "no majority anymore in Northern Ireland either for unionism or nationalism." However, he said unification must not be the "annexation" of Northern Ireland.
The party leader drew some criticism about the timing of his comments.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said he was surprised by Mr. Varadkar's remarks and urged politicians "to dial down the rhetoric, particularly at this time of year."
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