By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a marginally of certain, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable #1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain existence on the division of international Affairs . From the lonely nights on the Soviet table to glamorous soirées in the course of Ireland's presidency of the rising ecu Union, Eamon Delaney saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN common meeting. And extra important nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the USA, 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 was once spared within the pursuit of the final word aim - the better strong of officialdom. Hilarious and from time to time lethal severe, An unintentional Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...
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Extra resources for An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95
In the dwindling scheme of things, this seemed to have more importance that an informal package for the Taoiseach. People were equally unmoved when I chased them for contributions to ‘Developments in the European Communities’, a six monthly report, which we were obliged to produce by dint of our membership of the Community. The booklet, written in tightly worded officialese, covered all aspects of the EU policies and their relationship to Irish legislation, from fisheries to trade to education.
Foreign travel, fine wines, nice interiors — of course it would attract us,” was how one of them put it. The contrary was also true; “Look at the style and service we bring — compared to the smelly socks brigade” This was a reference to the more lumpen Civil Servant, chewing away at his biro. ” “Oh, come on, your place is like Queer Heaven,” he said, with satisfaction, and proceeded to ‘out’ a whole string of officials. Since the guy was from RTÉ it was a bit like the kettle happily calling the pot pink.
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