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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)

The volume begins as the Second World War ends, with the Department of External Affairs holding its first 'Heads of Missions' conference to plan the direction of Irish foreign policy in the post-war years. The volume concludes in the aftermath of Fianna Read more...


Volume IX

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy IX (1948-51)

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy IX covers the three years and four months of Ireland's first coalition government. Comprising Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Clann na Poblachta, Clann na Talmhan and the National Labour Party, it was known as the 'Inter-Party Government'. It was in office from February 1948 to June 1951, and led by John A. Costello of Fine Gael. Clann na Poblachta leader and former 'Chief of Staff' of the illegal IRA, Seán MacBride, chose the External Affairs portfolio. MacBride dominated the foreign policy of the Inter-Party Government, however he was new to the conduct of international affairs. This was reflected in his idiosyncratic approach to the handling of Ireland's foreign policy. During 1948 and 1949 Read more...



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