By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a marginally of convinced, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's debatable no 1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain lifestyles on the division of overseas Affairs . From the lonely nights on the Soviet table to glamorous soirées in the course of Ireland's presidency of the rising eu Union, Eamon Delaney saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability whilst wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN basic meeting. And extra precious nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the United States, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to bask in a painful quantity of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace means of 1993-1995, the place no volume of eating, spying and manipulation used to be spared within the pursuit of the final word target - the better reliable of officialdom. Hilarious and from time to time lethal severe, An unintentional Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...
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Marginally more important was our beloved figurehead, the Minister. He was the reason for our collective existence, and it was to his large, plush office that most of us were effectively working, especially the Secretary who was located in equally salubrious chambers on the ground floor below. The Minister’s office was the nerve centre of DFA and if we weren’t always sending our stuff up to him, it was always in his good name, and authority, that we were acting. Through my time in EU Co-ordination, a key ‘assembly point’, I had a lot of direct contact with his office, which was both interesting and useful for the years ahead.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was one of them; a permanent, pensionable job, with lots of overseas travel. Not that I planned to be either permanent or pensionable, but I was interested in international affairs. Before going to UCD, I’d travelled in the Middle East and was fascinated by the political turmoil there. I’d also begun writing fiction (a novel was on the boil) and I felt that DFA would give me both the time, and material, to continue such a pursuit. Graham Greene types came to mind; quixotic outsiders dreamily tapping away on sun-soaked verandas.
1 degrees, and is held in curious venues around the country — mine was in a Civil Defence Hall on Leeson Street. ’ to giving the Unionist perspective on the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Basically, from ‘dinner party chatter’ to delivering the party line. With a background in college debating, I enjoyed these exercises in devil’s advocacy and fired off a spirited Ulster tirade against the ‘undemocratic’ Anglo-Irish ‘diktat’. The next stage was a sort of aptitude test in the Local Appointments Commission on Lower Grand Canal Street, a grim bunker-like building with all the charm of a 1970s’ Civil Service office block.
An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95 by Eamon Delaney