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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: July, 2009
By: Pat Walsh
Title: World War II: A Foreign Affair
The great achievement of Eamon DeValera was to make the Second War on Germany, declared by Britain seventy years ago this month, a foreign affair. This was the major event in the establishing of Irish independence.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: July, 2009
By: David Morrison
Title: Nuclear weapons: Same double standards from Obama
President Obama made a speech in Prague on 5 April 2009 [1],
the main theme of which was “the future of nuclear weapons in
the 21st century”. In it, he proclaimed “America's commitment
to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: July, 2009
By: Editorial
Title: The end of an Irish Foreign Policy?
An Bord Snip [Irish Government’s Expenditure Review Committee]
recommended: “A significant proportion of the Department
for Foreign Affairs expenditure is in respect of overseas
missions, most of which are small. Given the potential for
developing synergies between DFA and agencies such as Enterprise
Ireland, Tourism Ireland and An Bord Bia as well as the
potential establishment of a European External Action Service in
the event of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the Group
recommends that the network of embassies and consulates be
reduced from 76 to 55. The Group also recommends that Ambassador
posts routinely be graded at Principal Officer level, with
only the three or four largest missions graded at Assistant
Secretary level as compared with the 41 ambassadors who are
currently of Assistant Secretary grade or higher. The Group notes
that the Foreign Service Allowance is not taxable nor is it subject
to the pension levy or income levy and recommends that it be
reduced by 12.5% in recognition of the contributions made by
those serving in other areas of the public service.”

There was no opposition evident to this proposal and therefore
it is likely to go ahead.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: July, 2009
By: John Temple Lang & Eamon Gallagher
Title: Essential Steps for the European Union after the 'No' Votes in France, the Netherlands and Ireland
[The authors are both former senior officials of the EU. John
Temple Lang is a lawyer and a former Director responsible for
telecommunications and media in the Competition Directorate
General of the European Commission. He was a Director there
beginning in 1988, and from 1974 to 1988 he was in the Legal
Service of the European Commission, dealing primarily with
competition law issues. Eamonn Gallagher is a former Director
General in the European Commission and former EC Ambassador
to the United Nations, New York. He played a key role in Irish
diplomatic affairs over several decades and died earlier this year.
Both were committed supporters of the European project but
have serious reservations on the direction taken in recent years
with the lessening of the power of the Commisssion and the
growing power of the nation states and the replacement of the
‘community method’ by the intergovermental method of dealing
with issues.
This paper, which they prepared for the Centre for European
Policy Studies (CEPS), is limited to the technical aspects of the
changes and does not draw out the full political implications of
what these mean – or why they have come about. However, this
is an important contribution to the debate and the implications of
the changes for Foreign Policy are highlighted in a very useful

Biographical note by Jack Lane

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: July, 2009
By: Editorial
Title: Danzig and the Start of the Second World War
Seventy years ago the British Empire made use of the anomalous position of the City of Danzig, between Germany and Poland, to provide the occasion for launching a World War. The Danzig anomaly was created by Britain in 1919. Its only purpose could have been to make mischief. If might have been made part of either the Polish State or the German State. Instead of that it was made a point of contention between them.

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