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Statement of Strategy 2015 - 2017

The Department's Statement of Strategy is informed by the core foreign policy statements The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World  and Irelands Policy for International Development and involved consultation across Government as well as with all our staff at home and abroad.

The Department’s Strategy is built on five high-level goals covering:

Our People: To serve our people at home and abroad and to promote reconciliation and cooperation

Maintaining peace and stability on our island and consolidating the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including the recent Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements, remain central to our work. We shall continue to foster reconciliation and to develop opportunities for North-South cooperation for the benefit of both parts of this island.

The effective delivery of passport and consular services for our citizens at home and abroad is a central component of the Department's work. We will continue to deliver a modern, secure passport service. We constantly strive to improve our response to crises as well as the needs of individual citizens travelling abroad.

Our culture, arts and creative industries are promoted through the Embassy network and the Department also engages with Irish communities abroad to provide support and foster their links with Ireland. Ireland's deepened engagement with its diaspora is set out in the recently published document Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy.

Our Values: To work for a fairer, more just, secure and sustainable world

The Department aims to promote Ireland's values in all areas of its work. Through our development cooperation work and our engagement in multilateral fora we aim to make further progress in eradicating poverty and hunger, promoting inclusive economic growth, and promoting and protecting human rights internationally. We will promote a stable and secure, rules-based international environment through the UN and the EU, and our other multilateral and bilateral partners and NGOs. We will contribute to a new UN-led framework for sustainable development that addresses climate change, food security and interconnected issues.

Our Prosperity: To advance Ireland's prosperity by promoting our economic interests internationally

In line with the strong focus of the Programme for Government and the Statement of Government Priorities on promoting economic growth, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade plays a leading role in fostering the international dimension of Ireland's economic growth, in close cooperation with the State Agencies, Irish business and the Global Irish Network.

Our network of diplomatic missions is actively promoting Ireland as open for business and a destination for inward investment. We build and maintain strong bilateral relations to promote our economic interests abroad, helping us contribute to job creation, the identification of opportunities for exports, and the promotion of tourism and education in Ireland. Our missions also ensure that accurate information about the benefits of doing business in Ireland is communicated to key international decision makers and opinion formers.

Our Place in Europe: To protect and advance Ireland's values and interests in Europe

Our engagement with the EU remains central to Ireland's foreign policy. The Department aims to maximise Ireland's influence in shaping EU outcomes by nurturing strong relationships with the EU institutions and other member States. We will work to ensure that Ireland makes a strong contribution to the EU's global engagement and to the promotion of peace and security in Europe.

Our Influence: To strengthen our influence and our capacity to deliver our goals

The Department upholds the highest ethos of public service. We aim to be an open and accountable Department, with a professional and capable workforce in a positive working environment, which delivers best practice in governance, is responsive to national and global changes and challenges, and provides a unified service to the Government and Irish Citizens.

Rather than looking at our high-level goals in isolation, we recognise - as clearly stated in The Global Island - that they are intertwined and support one another. The work of every individual in this Department is linked to the delivery of these goals.

For more information

Read our Statement of Strategy 2015-2017.