The Taoiseach has described today’s recommendation from the European Commission that Ukraine should be granted candidate status, as historic.
Micheál Martin said he expects it will be endorsed by the European Council.
He pledged the Government's full support, saying Ireland is prepared to walk every step of the journey with Ukraine.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the process is "merit's based," and progress now depends on Ukraine carrying out reforms.
"It will provide a great boost to the people and Government of Ukraine who have stood firm in defence of our shared European values in the face of the most appalling Russian war. I hope that it will give them heart and courage in the weeks and months ahead," Micheál Martin commented.
"It is a message that Europe stands with them now, that we will continue to stand with them whatever lies ahead, and that we will be with them as they work to rebuild their country.
"The road to EU membership is complex and challenging. It requires considerable work on the part of the country looking to join. Ireland is ready to walk every step of that journey with Ukraine, providing whatever support and encouragement we can along the way."
The Taoiseach also welcomed the recommendation that Moldova also be offered candidate status, and that Georgia be offered a European perspective and candidate status once a number of priorities have been met.