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'One hundred years of Irish foreign policy: looking back, looking forwards'


Thursday, May 23, 2019, 09:00 - 17:30


Academy House


Full price €20 Concession Price (Student, retired, unemployed) €10 Members of the Academy contact

A conference to mark the centenary of the establishment of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, now the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, followed by the launch of the journal Irish Studies in International Affairs at Iveagh House.

The International Affairs Conference is always a highlight of the Royal Irish Academy's calendar.  This year's conference will examine the history, contemporary dynamics and future challenges of Irish foreign policy and foreign policy-making. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D. will address the conference with a keynote. Dr Sinead Walsh will provide the plenary.

Dr Sinead Walsh is the EU Ambassador to South Sudan. She has worked for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2009. Prior to this, she served as the Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia and the Head of Irish Aid in the two countries, based in Freetown from 2011 to 2016.  Before joining the government, Sinead spent ten years in the NGO sector working in India, Pakistan, Rwanda and South Sudan, as well as in a global advocacy role. When Ebola struck, Sinead had been in Freetown for three years as Irish Ambassador and the Head of Irish Aid.  Sinead focussed heavily on coordination, policy and planning, trouble-shooting and advocacy within the national response and at the international level. Sinead is the co-author of the book Getting to Zero, A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline, more information here.

We invite you to join us after the conference for the launch of the journal Irish Studies in International Affairs at Iveagh House.

View the International Affairs Conference 2019 Programme

*Article photo caption: George Gavan Duffy, Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh and Margaret Gavan Duffy leaving the Grand Hotel in Paris, May 1919, en route to present French premier Georges Clemenceau with a memorandum setting out the case for recognising Irish independence.

Image courtesy of Military Archives.

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This event is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Defence.

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