By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a slightly of convinced, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's debatable no 1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain 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 common meeting. And extra important nonetheless whilst, on the Irish Consulate, he travelled the unusual international of Irish the US, 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 objective - the better sturdy of officialdom. Hilarious and now and then lethal severe, An unintentional Diplomat deals a wry and irreverant view of the behind the curtain dealings at...
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The reality was that the day-to-day work on NI and Europe would still be done at DFA. But they were still too much for the more colourful mandarins and a group was assembled to draw up a document protesting these ‘unwarranted changes’. The Grey Door was a fitting venue; around the corner from the Department, it was often used to entertain foreign diplomats. ’ (this last a reference to Conor Cruise O’Brien’s famous remark that the only way CJ Haughey could be removed from political life would be if they buried him at the crossroads with a wooden stake through his heart.
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. It could also be accessed by a hidden spiral staircase, inside the wall, which led to the floor above and perhaps escape. Fogarty was quite an eccentric. His other stricture was a refusal to use red ‘Immediate’ tags on Circulation Envelopes, on the grounds that everything was immediate.
He just ignored his presence for the whole duration of the meeting. By contrast, Haughey’s habit was to arrive ten or fifteen minutes early for events, a tactic that unnerved opponents and put everyone off their guard. Even when his belated humiliation came up at Dublin Castle in 1997, he cheated the waiting crowd and media by arriving into the Castle over three hours early. In fact, Haughey worked well with Dorr. Unlike other politicians who might resent the intellectual airs of the mandarins, Haughey would use and respect such advice.