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 sure, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable no 1 bestselling exposé of behind the scenes 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 ecu Union, Eamon Delaney stored his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN normal meeting. And extra helpful nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the United States, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to take pleasure in a painful volume of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace means of 1993-1995, the place no volume of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the final word aim - the larger solid of officialdom. Hilarious and from time to time lethal critical, An unintentional Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...

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It was the same with another issue which erupted on me one Friday night, with no warning. This was the conclusion of the Tribunal into the British killing of three unarmed IRA suspects on the Rock of Gibraltar. , the Tribunal came in with an amazing verdict, effectively clearing the SAS. Almost immediately the phones started hopping, with calls of bitter complaint and queries from journalists looking for an official reaction. ‘You must be very busy’ a reporter from the London Independent said and I said ‘Absolutely, we’ve been swamped — people are very angry’.

Bringing the Emissary into the Chief of Protocol’s room, I sat on one armchair while he sat in another and orally delivered his country’s great concern about the Levantine situation — pausing occasionally to check the shine on his shoes. All done, he handed over the démarche, stamped with sealing wax and decorated with ribbons, and then left, his salary earned as a diplomat in Dublin. They were somewhat silly, these old diplomatic rituals, but given that the French had founded many of them, they were not going to let them die.

But Irish independence saw the end of that privileged world. ‘Deeply distressed’ by 1916 and other ‘upheavals’, the Earl of Iveagh adjourned to London and, in 1939, his son offered the house to the State. There was a story that when the Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera personally came around to see it, a man, still employed as a butler, and rubbing the sleep from his eyes, came out to open the door. ’ Inside the house, are some of the most impressive rooms in the city. The stone-flagged entrance hall is adorned with Italian statues of The Sleeping Faun and The Reading Girl.

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