By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of certain, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's debatable number one bestselling exposé of behind the curtain 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 while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN basic meeting. And extra valuable 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 volume of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace technique of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the last word target - the better sturdy of officialdom. Hilarious and every now and then lethal critical, An unintended Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...
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It is here that receptions are held, Inter-Governmental meetings and Departmental parties. Materials were sourced from afar; onyx, alabaster, West Indian mahogany. At the core of the house are further ornate rooms, serving as chambers for the Minister, Minister of State and the Department Secretary. In and around these are the secret passageways and back stairs of the servants, now used by lowly officials like myself. The Minister’s offices overlook a back garden with dribbling fountain and somnolent goldfish and, at the gardens’ end, there is a stone pavilion done in the Celtic Revival style beloved of the Victorians.
Section I Ireland 1 Joining Up In the centre of Dublin, on the south side of St Stephen’s Green is Iveagh House, headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Irish foreign service. It overlooks the Green and is a fine building, with a white portico frontage and lavender-glassed lanterns which give it an unusually camp quality. At night, beneath the portico, a Garda is on duty, with another inside the house and another outside the Department of Justice next door. On the roof, a large spiky aerial keeps All Missions Abroad (Embassies and Consulates) in constant contact with ‘HQ’, as they call it.
In the meantime, should an Irish citizen be killed or kidnapped, the same media would cry out wondering why Ireland has no Embassy in the region. Today, of course, we appear to be opening Missions everywhere — although, rather selfishly perhaps, the driving force is almost exclusively trade and investment. In the late eighties, however, morale was low around DFA and people were doing more jobs than they expected. But, in many ways, the cutbacks were an improvement, streamlining work procedures and eliminating a line of bureaucracy.
An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign Service 1987-95 by Eamon Delaney