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 definite, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable #1 bestselling exposé of behind the scenes 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 common meeting. And extra valuable nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual global of Irish the USA, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to delight in a painful quantity of céilí dancing. . . after which there has been Northern eire, and the Peace technique of 1993-1995, the place no quantity of eating, spying and manipulation was once spared within the pursuit of the last word target - the higher sturdy of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal critical, An unintentional Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...

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The answer sheets were collected by silent clerks with stopwatches, who handed them on to other clerks. Somehow, I imagined more clerks in white lab coats dissecting them in the vault of this grim building. ’ After this, it was the interview process, held in a large room, upstairs in the Department of Justice building, where the Foreign Affairs Administration section was then located. I had to face a table of about four people, all firing questions. Of course, I didn’t know who they were at the time, but later I realised they included Ted Barrington, now Ambassador in London, Mary Barrington (no relation) and Conor Murphy, now Ambassador in Saudi Arabia.

Baghdad was familiar with Keenan’s situation, his relatives and his more curious friends, including a man who gave me the home phone numbers of Sheikh Fadlallah and Nabih Berri, and insisted I call them. “You’ll find the Sheik a most interesting man,” he said pompously. Given that the last time I’d seen the Sheik was in a documentary called ‘Sword of Islam’, standing on a podium condemning Israel, Russia and America, while prospective martyrs ran around in circles, with blood streaming down their foreheads, I thought it was a conversational pleasure I might pass up.

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. A sweeping, double return staircase, wide enough to accommodate the ball-goers dresses, and surrounded by rococo and neo-classical motifs, leads up to a ballroom at the back of the house, lined with gilt and mirrors and apparently (and, appropriately, given the diplomatic connotations) inspired by the palace at Versailles.

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