Junior Minister Aodhan O Riordain has branded a New York Times article "a disgrace" after it launched a stinging attack on Irish J1 students within hours of the Berkeley tragedy.
The United States' leading newspaper was among a number of American media outlets which published stereotypical reports of students within hours of the deaths of six students.
The Times reported that the work-visa programme has "become not just a source of aspiration, but also a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara".
A number of online news articles in the States also referred to "partying Irish".
Minister O Riordain branded the New York Times article a "disgrace".
Social media users also reacted with anger, describing the article as "crass" and "insensitive".