Role and policies
The Department of Foreign Affairs aims to promote and protect the values, interests and economic wellbeing of Ireland and its people.
Ireland plays an active role in the world and we make valuable contributions to international affairs through our involvement in multilateral organisations and initiatives.
At the heart of our efforts abroad is our simple mission: to promote and protect the values, interests and economic wellbeing of Ireland and its people.
Promoting and protecting Irish interests and values on the international stage
Our aid programme works to address poverty and hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries
Ireland at the EU
Ireland plays a central role in the European Union and held the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2022.
Supports for Irish diaspora
With 70 million people claiming Irish heritage around the world, engaging with our diaspora is central to our work
Trade and promoting Ireland
We are committed to promoting Ireland as a destination for business, investment, tourism and education, to enhancing our economic reputation overseas, and to showcasing our unique cultural heritage.