Ireland needs a rights-based foreign policy
As the Labour Party and Fine Gael meet to negotiate a Programme for Government, it might be timely to remind them of one area where the two parties would seem to agree: the need for Ireland’s foreign policy to be based on human rights.
In fact, all major parties represented in the previous Dáil support a foreign policy that promotes human rights.
The next Government can build on this consensus, and develop a truly rights-based foreign policy, which would see Ireland ratify a series of core human rights treaties to which it is already a signatory, and which would lead Ireland to champion our overseas aid commitments.
Ireland can send out a strong signal to the world that it is serious about investing in international cooperation, and that the new, stronger Ireland we intend to build will be one that delivers on its core principles, however difficult it may be to do so.
< See also this Dóchas Submission on the issue >