An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign by Eamon Delaney

By Eamon Delaney

John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of convinced, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable no 1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain 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 stored his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN basic meeting. And extra precious nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual international of Irish the US, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to take pleasure in a painful quantity of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace means of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the last word target - the larger strong of officialdom. Hilarious and every now and then lethal critical, An unintended Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...

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In this building was DFA’s Legal section, which examined international treaties and other issues. And then, of course, there were the Passport Offices, in Dublin and Cork — an important part of DFA, whose advice and assistance were often badly needed by Irish citizens either going or already abroad. From time to time, DFA creates new units and sections and then closes them afterwards, but the above is the basic structure. Unlike almost all other Departments, people are moved every few years through the different Divisions, the idea being that no one can stay in any one specialist area The idea, I suppose, is that when you go abroad, you can be a Jack, or Mary, of all trades.

In this building was DFA’s Legal section, which examined international treaties and other issues. And then, of course, there were the Passport Offices, in Dublin and Cork — an important part of DFA, whose advice and assistance were often badly needed by Irish citizens either going or already abroad. From time to time, DFA creates new units and sections and then closes them afterwards, but the above is the basic structure. Unlike almost all other Departments, people are moved every few years through the different Divisions, the idea being that no one can stay in any one specialist area The idea, I suppose, is that when you go abroad, you can be a Jack, or Mary, of all trades.

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.

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