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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 scenes existence 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 normal meeting. And extra important nonetheless while, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual international of Irish the USA, doing conflict with radical nationalists and having to bask in a painful volume 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 used to be spared within the pursuit of the final word aim - the higher solid of officialdom. Hilarious and every now and then lethal critical, An unintentional Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain 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.

Eventually, I had to get our Minister’s office to ring their Minister’s office saying we needed an urgent response; such calls were like electric shocks into a moribund system. The report took ages to produce, not helped by its long delay on the desk of the Deputy Secretary, Robin Fogarty, who, once he saw it, wanted it all rewritten, as he did everything else. Fogarty’s office was an unfortunate lay-by for stuff going up the line. Formerly The Garden Wing, off the main staircase in Iveagh House, it was known as ‘the boudoir’, because of its extraordinary wallpaper, a sort of throbbing Barbara Cartland pink, not unlike Fogarty’s own face as he sat glowering behind his over-heaped desk.

At the time, I was working in the Department’s European Union (EU) Co-ordination Section in Harcourt Street and I had to make contact with an incendiary group gathering in the basement of the Grey Door restaurant, off Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square. Over a long and heavy lunch, embittered senior officials were drawing up ‘documents of resistance’. Coming into power, Haughey proposed to abolish the Department’s European Affairs Committee and its Northern Ireland Committee and replace them with Committees based in his own Department.

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