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

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 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 eu Union, Eamon Delaney stored his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability whilst wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN common meeting. And extra beneficial nonetheless while, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual international of Irish the United States, 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 technique of 1993-1995, the place no volume of eating, spying and manipulation used to be spared within the pursuit of the last word target - the larger stable of officialdom. Hilarious and every now and then lethal critical, An unintended Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...

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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 Keenan kidnapping had given Ireland ongoing high-level access to the Iranians and others, which it otherwise mightn’t have had. Meetings which, by the by, would also discuss construction contracts, beef exports and votes at the United Nations. A chilling insight into the realpolitik of issue-building.

In 1987, it was only two years from the Anglo-Irish Agreement and a whole mechanism was being put in place to service and develop it. It used to be that a newly recruited Third Sec couldn’t begin their career there but this has changed, as has some of the absurdly macho and self-important air of the Division. The arrival of the Agreement, so hated by the Unionists, meant an overall tightening of security in the Department, with submarine doors at the front and back of the House and a high fence, with cameras, to separate us from Iveagh Gardens.

Fantastic” said the officials in Anglo-Irish and elsewhere, rubbing their hands. ” corrected someone else, confident that the legendary stubbornness of the British on these matters would mean years of foot-dragging, just like the holes they dug themselves into over Bloody Sunday and the Guildford Four. And sure enough, the Gibraltar crisis escalated with the British Government banning a TV inquiry and then Thatcher fighting with the House of Commons over it. It was like the realpolitik of Keenan’s capture; the real beneficiaries of such events were the officials who made hay over them for the years to come.

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