By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of certain, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable #1 bestselling exposé of behind the scenes existence 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 stored his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability whilst wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN common meeting. And extra important nonetheless whilst, 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 strategy of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation used to be spared within the pursuit of the final word aim - the higher sturdy of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal severe, An unintended Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...
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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.
Retorted a senior official, to raucous laughter in Hourican’s. It was an interesting variation on the line that a diplomat is ‘someone who lies for his, or her, country’ and it was into this world that I arrived in 1987, a nervous virgin, at the age of twenty-four. How does one get into ‘the game’? I left College in the mid-80s, when there were few jobs to be found. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was one of them; a permanent, pensionable job, with lots of overseas travel. Not that I planned to be either permanent or pensionable, but I was interested in international affairs.
Afterwards, he might adjourn, with his Labour Party handlers. After they retreated, the party seriously got underway, with amorous couples drifting up the wide staircase to the Secretary’s Ante Room and darkened Minister’s quarters, or down into the labyrinthine basement, with its wine cellar and telex room. The parties were infamous for its liaisons, including one unfortunate who was caught on security camera with his trousers around his knees. In scenes worthy of a French farce (or indeed Moll Flanders) the servants had literally ‘taken over’, often directly under the disapproving gaze of the Second Earl of Iveagh, Benjamin Guinness himself, whose portrait hung upstairs.