The 1996 White Paper on Irish Foreign Policy, ‘Challenges and Opportunities Abroad’ announced (paragraph 16:48) that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy would jointly establish a series of volumes of documents on Irish foreign policy.
The Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) project commenced operation at the RIA in the summer of 1997 and began the production of a multi-volume documentary history of Ireland’s foreign relations from 1919 using material contained in the archives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Taoiseach (now deposited in the National Archives of Ireland) as well as items from other relevant collections.
The aim of the DIFP series is to make available, in an organised and accessible manner, to people who may not be in a position easily to consult the National Archives, documents from the archived files of government departments relating to Irish foreign policy, particularly the Department of Foreign Affairs. Through its publications the project also aims to promote the wider use by the public of the Irish foreign policy archive. DIFP is a public resource for the study of the history of Irish foreign policy and diplomacy.
DIFP is structured chronologically, with published volumes running from 1919 to 1945.
The seven volumes published to date are as follows:
DIFP I 1919-1922 (published 1998);
DIFP II 1923-1926 (published 2000);
DIFP III 1926-1932 (published 2002);
DIFP IV 1932-1936 (published 2004);
DIFP V 1937-1939 (published 2006);
DIFP VI 1939-1941 (published 2008);
DIFP VII 1941-1945 (published 2010);
DIFP VIII 1945-1948 (published 2012).
The current series has a notional end date of 1985
nine scheduled covering 1948 to 1987.