By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of convinced, 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 normal meeting. And extra valuable nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the USA, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to delight in a painful quantity of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace strategy of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the final word aim - the larger reliable of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal critical, An unintended Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...
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Extra info for An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95
Admittedly, mine was only a peripheral role, crossing St Stephen’s Green to collect newer and more militant drafts of this revolutionary Bull, but it offered an early and useful insight into some of the Department’s characters and their ability not just to ‘dine for Ireland’ but to ‘dine against the Government’. Haughey was regarded as a bête noire for DFA and, after five years out of office, he was back. ’ There is always antipathy between Central Government and its Foreign Service — think of the Foreign Office and Thatcher, or the White House and the State Department.
Haughey was now reborn to fiscal rectitude and the Public Sector was feeling it. In keeping with the gleeful expectation of political changes in Foreign Affairs, some of the media also wanted cutbacks for ‘the gin-swilling diplomats’. Closing Embassies abroad made good copy, especially for the more populist evening papers. Or for the likes of Magill magazine, which, for some reason, particularly disliked the socialising associated with Anglo-Irish relations, even if this wining and dining of Tory backbenchers had lubricated the process of achieving the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
In the chamber, the officials sit near the Minister inside a rail near the wall. On the TV, it appears as the section just beyond the Taoiseach — a sort of non-elected cage. Whereas most people look at the TV to see what politician is speaking, Civil Servants look to see which officials are pulling the strings. Visits to the Dáil were always a bit of crack. You’d swan around the circular corridors in the company of older officers, and watch them receive welcomes from politicians who remembered them from visits abroad, usually in a previous incarnation for both.
An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95 by Eamon Delaney