They provide a range of services to Irish citizens and work hard to ensure the promotion and protection of Ireland's interest in the world.
Strategy and Guiding Principles:
The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to serve the Irish people, promote their values and advance their 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 they implement the commitments assigned to us in the Programme for a Partnership Government and meet international challenges. They have identified five high-level goals to guide their work from 2017 to 2020 in their Statement of Strategy 2017-2020 which are outlined below.
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 Irelands Policy for International Development and involved external consultation, including across Government and with the Oireachtas, as well as internal consultation with all staff in the Department.
Their People: To serve our people at home and abroad and to promote reconciliation and cooperation
Maintaining peace and stability on their island and consolidating the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including the Fresh Start Agreement and the Stormont House Agreement, remain central to their work. This is especially important in the context of the UK’s decision to exit the EU. They 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 their citizens at home and abroad is a central component of the Department's work. They will continue to deliver a modern, secure passport service. They constantly strive to improve their response to crises as well as the needs of individual citizens travelling abroad.
Under this goal, they will consolidate their efforts to support their emigrants and engage meaningfully with the Diaspora.