The main task of DIFP is to research and publish volumes in the DIFP series, but the project also plays its part in promoting interest in the history of Ireland and its international relations. The DIFP news pages highlight the publication of new volumes in the DIFP series and show some of the project’s outreach involvements.
DIFP is now in a ‘research year’ for DIFP volume X. This volume will run from 1951 to 1957 and so take in the 1951-4 Fianna Fáil government with Frank Aiken in his first term as Minister and the 1954-7 Second Inter-Party Government when Liam Cosgrave was Minister.
In January we prioritised the files the DFA files we needed for the new volume and began work on the A, P and PS Series Secretaries files. By the end of the month we were moving on to Confidential Reports (CR) files from overseas missions and had a good haul of material for the volume.
Work continues on DIFP X as we continue to work through the CR series. We’ve also begun research on an exhibition on Ireland’s first year in the UN (1955-6) and have found that very little detailed work has been done on Ireland’s entry to the United Nations in December 1955.
On 6 February Kate lectured at TCD on British decolonisation and Anglo-American relations during the Cold War.
Kate chaired a session on ‘Irish identity abroad’ as part of a conference on ‘The language of fractured identity’ held at the TCD Long Room Hub on 13 February.
Michael spoke at the Irish Studies Seminar at the Université de Caen in Normandy on 26 February on the development of historical memory in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Work underway in the DIFP office on DIFP volume X
We spent a great deal of March working through the early records of the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the 10th and 11th General Assemblies. Like the archival collections of many missions they held a lot of surprises and many excellent documents.
On St Patrick’s Day Michael visited Liverpool Hope University to lecture on Ireland’s Second World War and Neutrality to an undergraduate class and take seminar discussion groups on the topic. It was a real pleasure to work with such interested and vocal students who enjoyed proper academic debate.
Michael speaking at Liverpool Hope University 17 March 2015
On 24 March Kate gave a DIFP outreach workshop at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
Prof Ben Tonra, Dr Hans Zomer, Kate and Dr Maura Conway at the strategic review roundtable, Iveagh House, 31 March 2015
Kate was one of the organisers of a very successful roundtable on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) strategic review, ‘The Global Island’, held in Iveagh House on 31 March by the RIA Standing Committee for International Affairs. The targeted audience was early career professionals in specified sectors and the roundtable was vastly oversubscribed with a full attendance on the day.
Dr Kazuhiko Tomizuka (Japan), Michael, Kate, Dr Matt Jordan (Australia) at the Second World War Memorial in Washington DC during ICEDD 2015.
From 13 to 18 April Michael and Kate represented DIFP at the 13th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents (ICEDD2015) at the State Department in Washington DC. Kate ran a workshop on DIFP’s experience of Social Media since the 12th Conference in 2013 and Michael chaired a session on project management in which he also spoke about project management practices in DIFP. More details here on Twitter .
Kate’s Social Media Workshop in progress in the State Dept. Washington DC during ICEDD 2015.