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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 as a partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Royal Irish Academy and the National Archives of Ireland. This followed on from a commitment in the 1996 White Paper on Irish foreign policy, Challenges and opportunities abroad, 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'. 

Since its establishment in 1997 DIFP has published eleven hard copy volumes of documents, covering discrete periods from 1919 to 1961. The published documents are primarily selected from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade collection retained in the National Archives of Ireland, along with the archives of other government departments and the papers of relevant individuals retained in other repositories.

DIFP volumes are published on a biennial basis. Volume XI (1957-61) was published in November 2018, with volume XII (1961-65) due for publication in November 2020.

In addition, the documents published in volumes I to VII (1919-45) are freely available online at Further volumes will be added as the series progresses.

DIFP maintains a strong public profile nationally and internationally. Alongside the series of documents that form the core of the project, DIFP has developed a number of ancillary projects, including exhibitions on Ireland's accession to the European Union and membership of the United Nations, an online exhibition on Ireland's international sovereignty from 1919 to 1949 (in collaboration with UCD Archives) and, most recently Ireland: A voice among the nations, an illustrated history of Irish foreign policy since 1919.

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All images reproduced by permission of the Director of the National Archives of Ireland.

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