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Tánaiste welcomes publication of Volume VIII of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today welcomed the publication of Volume VIII in the series of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, prepared by the Royal Irish Academy, which covers the period from August 1945 to February 1948.

In advance of an event in Iveagh House to launch the publication, the Tánaiste paid tribute to those involved in bringing this latest volume to fruition.

“I would like to congratulate the Royal Irish Academy on the publication of this latest volume of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy. The publication of these papers marks a great addition to our store of knowledge on what was a fascinating period in our history.

Visiting the National Archives earlier today I gained an appreciation of the immense work that went into compiling this volume. Michael Kennedy and the editorial team at the Royal Irish Academy are to be commended for delivering another excellent publication, and for developing a valuable outreach programme and an engaging web presence”.

Volume VIII in the series spans the period from August 1945 when Eamon de Valera as Minister for External Affairs, convened a conference of Heads of Irish Missions abroad to February 1948, when his tenure in Government and as Minister for External Affairs came to an end.

The Volume records the uncertainty that existed in Ireland and further afield in the aftermath of the Second World War and the dawn of the nuclear age – a time when Ireland was coming out of the emergency and trying to position itself in the midst of a new world order. The work of the Department of External Affairs was dominated by the situation in post-war Europe, the rebuilding of our fragile relationships with other States, and by the emerging multilateralism of the time.