About Documents on Irish Foreign Policy
Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) is a public history project for the study of modern Irish history through diplomacy. DIFP aims to make the history of Irish foreign policy accessible to all and promotes public engagement with the history of Ireland’s international relations. DIFP is a partnership project of the Royal Irish Academy, the National Archives of Ireland, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) was established in 1997 following the publication of the 1996 White Paper on Irish foreign policy, Challenges and opportunities abroad, which confirmed plans to publish 'a series of foreign policy documents of historic interest' in order to 'encourage and assist greater academic interest in the study of Irish foreign policy'.
Having been established as a partnership between the Royal Irish Academy, the National Archives of Ireland, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, since 1997 DIFP has published eleven hard copy volumes covering discrete periods from 1919 to 1961. DIFP volumes are published every two years. Volume XI (1957-61) was published in November 2018, with volume XII (1961-65) due for publication in November 2020.
DIFP volumes I to VII (1919-45) are also available online in open-access format at www.difp.ie. Further volumes will be added in the near future.
The published documents are mainly selected from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade collection at the National Archives of Ireland. DIFP volumes include relevant material from the archives of other government departments, and from personal collections retained in other repositories.
DIFP maintains a strong public profile, and is a member of the International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents.
DIFP has also produced a number of ancillary projects in association with various other stakeholders, including exhibitions on Ireland's accession to the EEC in 1973 and Ireland's early years at the United Nations, and most recently an online exhibition on Ireland's international sovereignty from 1919 to 1949.
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Archival images reproduced by permission of the Director of the National Archives of Ireland.