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 scenes lifestyles 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 eu Union, Eamon Delaney saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability whilst wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN common meeting. And extra necessary nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual international 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 strategy of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation used to be spared within the pursuit of the final word objective - the better stable of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal critical, An unintentional Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...
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But also there was the continuing criticism of DFA for not doing enough for him, which we felt unfair. One Ambassador was nearly killed helping him. Even our original action of breaking into Keenan’s apartment and discovering his Irish passport was an unusual and daring gesture. So high was Keenan on the agenda, and so doggedly was the matter pursued with Gulf and Arab states, that later, when he was released I heard people say with an edge of disappointment, ‘That’s the end of one of our big bilateral issues’.
The Department is, of necessity, a broad church in terms of Personnel. In recent years, DFA has recruited, and promoted, a more conservative and practical type, less bon viveur and more bloodless technocrats. It used to be that the educational background was History or Languages but, increasingly — with one eye on Brussels — it is Economics and Law. 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.
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.