Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith TD has today launched Fianna Fáil’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Document outlining the Party’s key positions in international affairs. These include extending voting rights to all Irish citizens for presidential elections, creating a new Border Development Zone, as well as a call for the full recognition of the Palestinian state by the Irish Government.
Speaking on the publication of the document, Deputy Smith stated, “Fianna Fáil is committed to an Irish Foreign Policy that promotes and protects the interests and values of the Irish people. Our policy is rooted in the defence of human rights, the promotion of the international rule of law and the protection of democratic values.
“This policy paper outlines our key positions in the area of international affairs. We reaffirm our traditional commitment to military neutrality and seeking the unification of Ireland and her people through consent. We also state clearly our support for the recognition of the State of Palestine by the Irish Government. We are calling for a pause in further EU enlargement until economic and political stability is restored to the Union and the institutions which are supposed to serve the citizen are given the necessary powers to end the continuing crisis witnessed within the EU over the past six years.
“Our document also calls for the establishment of a Border Development Zone to further integrate infrastructure and public services in certain key areas such as health, broadband and other utilities between the Republic and Northern Ireland. We believe that North/South competencies should be increased in the areas of job creation and education also.
“Building on the success of the Good Friday Agreement, Fianna Fáil would encourage the establishment of an institution to record and share the analysis and experience of all the key players from across all communities involved in the agreement, from its inception, to its negotiation and to its slow, sometimes faltering implementation. This institution would not seek to prescribe our peace process model, but rather to encourage study visits to Ireland, North and South, and to share lessons and experiences with those who helped build peace on our island.
“Fianna Fáil has always led historic developments in Ireland’s foreign policy. We sought Irish membership of the United Nations. We initiated and successfully completed Ireland’s entry into the European Union. Our Party, while in government, spearheaded the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Good Friday Agreement and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
“In our history, our Party has never been afraid to be the voice of the voiceless, to highlight injustice or to be courageous in fighting for what is right on the international stage. We bring many of the values of our independent foreign policy tradition to the EU and other international tables. We commit to building on that proud tradition.”