I was at the former seat of British power in Ireland on Friday for the 12th Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade NGO Forum on human rights in Dublin Castle. This was the annual consultation with Irish based NGOs about priorities and I was the rapporteur of the working group on human rights in Irish Foreign Policy.
One of the issues discussed was whether, given the financial challenges Ireland faces, could they continue to give a priority to human rights and international development in their foreign policy. The answer from Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was yes (1). But it did of course provoke some thoughts on priorities for a soon to be independent Scotland.