Our strategy and guiding principles

The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs is to serve Ireland, promote our values and advance our prosperity and interests abroad, and to provide the Government with the capabilities, analysis and influence to ensure that Ireland derives the maximum benefit from all areas of its external engagement.

The Department's Strategy Statement focuses on how we implement the commitments assigned to us in the Programme for Government: Our Shared Future and meet international challenges.

We have identified six high-level goals to guide our work from 2023 to 2025 in our DFA Statement of Strategy 2023-2025 which are as follows:

  1. Supporting peace and reconciliation at home
  2. Serving our communities
  3. Driving the European agenda
  4. Strengthening and protecting the global multilateral system
  5. Enhancing Ireland’s global engagement and prosperity
  6. Strengthening DFA’s effectiveness.

The preparation of the Statement of Strategy was informed by the core foreign policy statements The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World and A Better World: Irelands Policy for International Development and involved a comprehensive process of internal and external consultation.

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