Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP)


DIFP is an essential public resource for the study of twentieth century Irish history. 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. View Documents on Irish Foreign Policy volumes online at 

Michael Kennedy Dr Michael Kennedy
Executive Editor

Kate O Malley Dr Kate O'Malley
Assistant Editor


DIFP originated through an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy following the publication of the 1996 White Paper on Irish foreign policy ‘Challenges and Opportunities Abroad’. Since its establishment in 1997 DIFP has published six hard copy volumes covering discrete periods from 1919 to 1941. All have been published to schedule. Volume VIII (1945-48) will be published in November 2012.

In a successful e-scholarship initiative, volumes I to V (1919-39) are available free online at Further volumes will shortly be added. The published volumes of documents are selected from the Department of Foreign Affairs collection at the National Archives of Ireland, and also include relevant material from the archives of other government departments and the papers of relevant individuals.

The project continues as a very successful inter-institutional partnership between the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives. Through its outreach programme DIFP maintains strong connections with third level institutions across the island of Ireland. Internationally DIFP has a high profile within an established group of worldwide projects which edit and publish diplomatic documents.

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