The Taoiseach has said that a border poll will not be on the Government's agenda for the next five years.
Micheál Martin was speaking at an event in Dublin Castle to outline the policy priorities in the Government's Shared Island initiative.
A unit has been set up in the Taoiseach's department which will oversee €500 million worth of investment in North-South infrastructure initiatives over the next five years.
Mr Martin described this as "new money" that will be "ring-fenced".
In his address, the Taoiseach spoke of the Government's intention to redouble efforts to build connections and trusts between the traditions on the island of Ireland.
He referred to his respect for former SDLP leader Seamus Mallon and the principles outlined in his memoir 'A Shared Home Place'.
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The Taoiseach also said he hopes the 1.3 million citizens on the island, born since the Good Friday Agreement, will actively engage in the dialogue the Government seeks to encourage.
Asked what he can say to give unionists confidence that the Shared Island initiative isn't a way to start talking about a united Ireland, Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD says a border poll is not on the Government's agenda for the next five years | https://t.co/RyQZrgB1Lf pic.twitter.com/4mBHF5fI0V— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 22, 2020