Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin
Irish Foreign Minister Micheal MartinReuters/PA Images

Irish Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said on Tuesday that formal recognition of “Palestine” by Ireland “will happen”, The Independent reported.

Speaking in the Dail parliament, Martin said he was bringing a formal proposal on the recognition of Palestinian statehood to Government.

“For the past six months, I’ve maintained ongoing discussions with ministerial colleagues and other countries about how a joint formal recognition of Palestinian statehood could be a catalyst to help the people of Gaza and the West Bank, and in furthering an Arab-led peace initiative,” he said.

“We’ve agreed that the undermining of the Oslo Accords and therefore the agreement to create two states has reached the point where the accords’ approach with recognition after a final agreement is not credible or tenable any longer,” added Martin.

“I’ve discussed this with those in the region who are working on peace initiatives and co-ordination with other countries continues intensively. We’ve discussed this between the government parties and it is my intention to bring to Government a formal proposal on recognition when these wider international discussions are complete,” he continued.

Martin also stressed, “But be in no doubt, recognition of a Palestinian state will happen.”

Ireland, together with Malta, Slovenia and Spain, recently announced that they had agreed to take initial steps towards recognizing a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has long urged countries to recognize “Palestine” as a means of bypassing direct talks with Israel.

While several European countries have recognized “Palestine” in recent years, those moves were symbolic ones that have little, if any, actual diplomatic effect.

Relations between Israel and Ireland have been tense in recent years. Former Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar recently launched a tirade against Israel, accusing the country of becoming "blinded by rage" as it doubles down on plans to launch a ground offensive on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

In May of 2021, then-Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney decried Israel’s counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip as “brutal”, and said Israel “should be condemned”.

The Israeli government subsequently summoned the Irish ambassador for clarifications following Coveney’s comments.

That same month, Ireland’s government supported a parliamentary motion condemning the “de facto annexation of Palestinian land by Israel”.

In 2019, the Irish parliament approved a law promoting a boycott of Judea and Samaria products.