Eamon Delaney's An Accidental Diplomat. My Years in the Irish Foreign PDF

By Eamon Delaney

ISBN-10: 1848403313

ISBN-13: 9781848403314

John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of convinced, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's debatable #1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain 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 saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability whilst wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN normal meeting. And extra precious nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the USA, 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 volume of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the last word objective - the better reliable of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal severe, An unintended Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...

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Since then Donlon had become Secretary of the Department. ) In general, Haughey felt that DFA should take a more radical stand on Northern Ireland (NI), at least rhetorically. This was ironic given that the Department was probably more sincerely nationalistic than most politicians, including Fianna Fáil, and had actually achieved, under Fine Gael, the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. But this was part of the problem and Haughey, in opposition, threatened not to work the Agreement when he got back to office.

The report was then laid before the Dáil and there was a lengthy debate, with a long statement from the Minister and supporting contributions from well-meaning politicians; very few people were against ‘Europe’. In the chamber, the officials sit near the Minister inside a rail near the wall. On the TV, it appears as the section just beyond the Taoiseach — a sort of non-elected cage. Whereas most people look at the TV to see what politician is speaking, Civil Servants look to see which officials are pulling the strings.

Which was true but it wasn’t the way the Department might have put it. It was a early lesson on the perils of saying anything to the Press. A lot of Duty Officer calls were from the press, but they were always routed to the home phones of the Press officers. What was interesting was the reaction the next day when the Gibraltar verdict was digested. “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.

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