Ireland is working urgently and intensively to secure progress made by the peace process in the wake of the Brexit vote, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
As the Irish parliament was recalled to debate the fall-out of the shock referendum result, Mr Kenny said Dublin, Belfast and London are working to keep the Irish border open.
“I fully understand why many people in Northern Ireland are deeply concerned that Northern Ireland will be outside of a project that has delivered so much for political stability, reconciliation and economic prosperity,” he said.
“We will continue to work urgently and intensively with the British Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to see how collectively we can ensure that the gains of the last two decades are fully protected in whatever post-exit arrangements are negotiated.
“All three administrations share the common objective of wanting to preserve the Common Travel Area and an open border on the island of Ireland.”
Mr Kenny said work on safeguarding cross-border movement and trade on the island of Ireland started on Friday.
A North South Ministerial Council next week will be dominated by the outcome.