By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a marginally of definite, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable number one bestselling exposé of behind the scenes 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 ecu Union, Eamon Delaney saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN basic meeting. And extra worthy nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the US, 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 volume of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the final word target - the higher sturdy of officialdom. Hilarious and from time to time lethal critical, An unintended Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...
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The party is an extraordinary affair. You’d see people you’d never seen before, dragged in from forgotten parts of DFA; the translation section or EU Documentation. You’d also meet returned diplomats you’d hadn’t seen before. Because of the cyclical nature of postings, you could be years in DFA before you met all its officers. With cross-postings, some people were away for eight or nine years, never coming home. At the party, there were no spouses and no outsiders, except maybe some people from the Taoiseach’s Department.
But Irish independence saw the end of that privileged world. ‘Deeply distressed’ by 1916 and other ‘upheavals’, the Earl of Iveagh adjourned to London and, in 1939, his son offered the house to the State. There was a story that when the Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera personally came around to see it, a man, still employed as a butler, and rubbing the sleep from his eyes, came out to open the door. ’ Inside the house, are some of the most impressive rooms in the city. The stone-flagged entrance hall is adorned with Italian statues of The Sleeping Faun and The Reading Girl.
Sometimes, one had the feeling that future Caligulas and Robin Fogartys might be thin on the ground. But then, you don’t how someone might turn out after the long attrition of a diplomatic career. Robin Fogarty, after all, had probably been the definition of the clean-cut technocrat when he sat down to do that tough entrance exam, all those years ago. The “broad church” analogy could be taken literally — many people are recruited from a Protestant, and Jewish background. This is a deliberate policy and means that when such diplomats are abroad, we can show the non-sectarian nature of both the Department and Ireland.
An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95 by Eamon Delaney