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Volume 1

Volume I

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume I, 1919 -1922 (Dublin, 1998) A project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy.

About Volume I This volume is a documentary history of the development of Irish foreign policy and the Irish diplomatic service from 21 January 1919 to 6 December 1922. Read more...

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Volume 2

Volume II

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume II, 1923 – 1926 (Dublin, 2000) A project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy

About Volume II This volume is a documentary history of the development of Irish foreign policy and diplomatic history from 6 December 1922 to 12 March 1926. As with Read more...

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Volume 3

Volume III

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume III, 1926 – 1932 (Dublin, 2002) A project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy.

About Volume III The third volume in the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series reveals how through the League of Nations, the Commonwealth and a small network of Read more...

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Volume 4

Volume IV

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume IV, 1932 – 1936

About DIFP Volume IV Volume IV of the DIFP series, deals with the development of Irish Foreign Policy during the period 10 March 1932 – 31 December 1936. This volume takes as its starting point the formation of Ireland's first Fianna Fáil administration, Read more...

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Volume 5

Volume V

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume V, 1937-1939

About Volume 5 Volume V in the DIFP series chronicles the development and execution of Irish foreign policy in the last years of peace and the lead up to the outbreak of World War Two in September 1939. The volume explains in unrivalled detail the important Read more...

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Volume 6

Volume VI

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume VI, 1939-1941

Documents in Irish Foreign Policy, Volume VI, illustrates, in a unique manner unavailable in any other history of the period, the threats Ireland faced during the first years of the Second World War. It shows how Minister for External Affairs Eamon de Valera, Read more...

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Volume 7

Volume VII

DIFP VII (1941-45) commences with neutrality firmly established as the central tenet of Irish foreign policy during the Second World War.

Michael Rynne, Legal Adviser at External Affairs wrote in 1942 that 'Ireland does not base her neutrality on any particular document or documents', instead 'simple commonsense [was] 'the surest guide of all in the more or less trackless desert of the 'neutrality law' of modern warfare').

The volume provides the clearest and most accessible explanation, through original sources, of the rationale underpinning Ireland's wartime neutrality.

Neutrality was strongly influenced by Taoiseach and Minister for External Affairs Éamon de Valera's belief that as a small powerless state Read more...


Volume 8

Volume VIII

DIFP Volume VIII (1945-1948)

Now in its 15th year, the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series continues to open up the secret archives of the Department of Foreign Affairs. DIFP VIII runs from 1945 to 1948 and shows that during the immediate post-war years Ireland redefined its global position as a result of wartime neutrality and the developing Cold War. Previously thought to be years of vacuum and general isolation, the post-war years saw Ireland engage with a wide range of multilateral organisations, open new diplomatic missions and repair relations with states, in particular the United States and Britain, which had suffered during the Second World War.

The volume begins as the Second World War ends, with the Department of External Affairs holding its first Read more...



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