publication . Article . 2010

Irish foreign policy in the United Nations and European Union: influence and participation

Doyle, John; Connolly, Eileen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 15 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: CIDOB
  • Country: Ireland
Abstract
The United Nations has had a central place in Irish foreign policy from the state’s accession in 1955. Both political discourse and public opinion polls indicate widespread support for the organisation as a source of international legitimacy and as the appropriate forum to make major decisions regarding peace and security; international human rights; and development. The EU has an equally central role in Ireland’s economic and social development in the last three decades, and while there is no significant opposition to EU membership, recent referenda on the EU Treaties of Nice and Lisbon were defeated on the first attempts, highlighting opposition to some aspect...
Subjects
free text keywords: International relations, Political science
Related Organizations

Connolly, Eileen and Doyle, John. “The place of the United Nations in contemporary Irish foreign policy. Kennedy, Michael and McMahon, Deirdre, eds. Obligations and Responsibilities: Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005. Dublin: IPA, 2005.

Devine, Karen. “Stretching the IR theoretical spectrum on Irish neutrality: a critical social constructivist framework”. International Political Science Review, 29(4): 461-91, 2008.

Doyle, John and Connolly, Eileen. “Foreign policy and domestic politics: a study of the 2002 election in the Republic of Ireland”. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 13 : 151-166 (2002).

Kennedy, Michael and McMahon, Deirdre, eds. Obligations and Responsibilities: Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005. Dublin: IPA, 2005.

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