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Reviews Of DIFP Volumes

Reviews and press articles on DIFP volumes

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume I (1919-1922)

Hugh Oram in Books Ireland (March 1999):

'a most revealing publishing project by the Department [of Foreign Affairs] and the Royal Irish Academy, creating an invaluable compilation of source material …a fascinating repository of information about the establishment of the State'

Garret FitzGerald, Irish Times, 23 January 1999:

'A striking feature of this volume is the amount of Foreign Affairs documentation that has survived from the years before the foundation of the State.'

Professor Tom Garvin (UCD), Irish Times, 17 October 1999:

''The excitement and the desperation of the crucial years at the beginning of the State , as well as the ingenuity and determination of her civil servants, have never been clearer.'

'one splendid book … the handbook of all serious students of the period in the future …fascinating reading for the general public and contains many an eye-opener'

Professor John A. Murphy, Irish Independent, 8 November 1998:

fascinating material … presented skilfully and informatively annotated, with an indispensable biographical glossary.'

Books Ireland, November 1998:

' a very handsome volume … invaluable and fascinating … you won’t get closer to the events of those years than in this fine book.'

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume II (1923 – 1926)

Professor Tom Garvin, UCD, Irish Times, 16 December 2000:

a marvelous compilation, compulsory reading for any student of Irish political development … the series is in itself a major Irish intellectual landmark.’

Professor John A. Murphy, Sunday Independent, 31 December 2002:

'the documents selected are representative and significant'

'an authoritative source and reference work for those interested in the early years of the State'

'splendid document collection'

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume III (1926-1933)

Stephen Collins, Sunday Tribune, 12 January 2003:

'an invaluable record of Ireland’s developing foreign policy'

'amazing range of documents from the…intensely political to the highly personal'

'volume III maintains impeccable standards set by its predecessors'

Professor John A. Murphy, Sunday Independent, 1 December 2002:

'an informative who's who of the main figures, lucid footnotes and an excellent index make this a reader'

'friendly publication'

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume IV (1932 – 1936)

John A. Murphy, Sunday Independent, 6 March 2005:

 ‘[this] is the dramatic story of the evolution of the Irish Free State during five years of radical constitutional change.’

 ‘a convenient resource for the student of Irish diplomatic history – and also for the interested general reader.’

 ‘the excellent editorial approach in previous volumes also characterises this absorbing book. A concise who’s who of the main figures, informative footnotes and an excellent index make this a reader-friendly publication’

John Bowman, Magill, 16 March/12 April 2005:

‘compelling reading … [an] outstanding series’

 ‘…new documents shed valuable light on the official Irish attitude to Britain, and to Nazi Germany.’

Stephen Collins, Sunday Tribune, 14 November 2004:

‘An eyewitness account of Hitler’s rise to power, contained in a series of dispatches sent back to Dublin by an Irish diplomat based in Berlin, is just one of the gems contained in the latest series of Documents on Irish foreign policy…’

Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 15 November 2004:

‘Irish diplomatic reaction to the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in Germany in the 1930s is a prominent feature of Volume Four in the series Documents on Irish Foreign Policy…’

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern, TD, 9 November 2004:

‘One of the striking features of these documents is the continuing validity of many of the observations contained in them…The volumes are of the highest quality…they represent a real and successful partnership between my Department, the Royal Irish Academy and the National Archives.’

Diarmaid Ferriter, Village, 11-17 December 2004:

‘a fascinating new book … Documents on Irish foreign policy, Volume IV, brings together over 400 documents which go to the heart of de Valera’s quest to establish an independent role for Ireland in international affairs during a tumultuous decade. Paragraph text.

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume V (1937 – 1939)

Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 27 November 2006:

‘State relied on British help in event of German invasion during war’

John A. Murphy, Sunday Independent, 3 December 2006:

‘Expertly edited and reader friendly, this volume is a primary source which conveys a great sense of immediacy of events and people. It is indispensable for all students of the period.’

Deirdre McMahon, Irish Times, 9 December 2006:

‘Watching the march to war … this absorbing and impressive series’

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume VI (1939-1941)

Mary Kenny, Times Literary Supplement, 26 June 2009:

‘a compelling narrative’

‘a page-turner, leaving the reader eager for the sequel … one longs for Volume VII’

Sunday Independent, 14 December 2008:

‘Ireland was a lucky neutral during the Second World War’

‘preserving Ireland from invasion – by Britain or Germany is the theme of this latest volume in the Royal Irish Academy’s DIFP series’.

Deirdre McMahon, Irish Times, 2 December 2008:

‘Reports from the diplomatic front line on a world turned upside down

Ciaran Byrne, Irish Independent, 26 November 2008:

‘remarkable disclosures’

Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 26 November 2008:

‘War Secrets – a fascinating light on a critical period in the nation’s history’

‘State planned for British rescue mission in case of German invasion’

Belfast Telegraph, 2 December 2008:

‘DIFP VI reveals a mood of continual crisis’

Irish Daily Mail, 26 November 2008:

‘Brits in! Dev’s pact with Britain as Nazis Loomed’

‘Irish welcome for UK troops – but only after Hitler’s invasion began’

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume VII (1941-1945)

Fearghal McGarry, Irish Times, 1 January 2011:

‘reports shine a fascinating, and sometimes chilling, light on the war’

James Downey, Irish Independent, 4 December 2010:

‘History teaches us the value of leadership … to read these papers is to make you reflect on the meaning of leadership. And to make you long for something that has been lost.’

Andrew Bushe, The Sun, 13 November 2010:

‘Secrets 1941-45: Dev knew tribute to Hitler would backfire’

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheal Martin (TD), UCC, 10 January 2011:

‘The documents series distils thousands of documents by hundreds of authors and brings original sources to a wider audience of readers.’

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume VIII (1945-1948)

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Irish Times, 23 March 2013:

‘Scrupulously edited, with clear concise introductory essays, this series is an exemplary collaborative project between the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives of Ireland.’

Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 19 November 2012:

‘State officials greeted advent of IMF with deep suspicion records show’

Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times, 18 November 2012:

‘De Valera told Nazis to keep out … wartime papers show state’s deep suspicion of any overseas dignitaries with dubious politics’

Reviews Of Documents On Irish Foreign Policy, Volume IX (1948-1951)

Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 17 November 2014:

‘MacBride offered to take church direction … archives reveal subservient approach in regard to foreign policy and other matters.’

Mr Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 20 November 2014:

‘A collaboration between the National Archives, the Royal Irish Academy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, it marks a confluence point between the academic and the bureaucratic, the analytic and the practical, the anecdotal and the monumental. Put more simply, these volumes are a gripping read.’

Alan O’Keefe, The Herald, 21 November 2014:

‘UFOs and Churchill’s horse in official papers’

Sam Griffin, Irish Independent, 21 November 2014:

‘State wanted Aer Lingus to evacuate Irish if WW3 began’

Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times, 30 November 2014:

‘Can Irish political anger convert into effective governance?’

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