By Eamon Delaney
John Le Carre meets invoice Bryson with a marginally of sure, Minister' - The Irish TimesEamon Delaney's arguable #1 bestselling exposé of behind the curtain 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 saved his ear to the floor - an invaluable ability while wedged precariously among Iran, Iraq and Israel on the UN basic meeting. And extra necessary nonetheless while, 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 volume 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 used to be spared within the pursuit of the final word objective - the larger solid of officialdom. Hilarious and every now and then lethal severe, An unintentional Diplomat bargains a wry and irreverant view of the behind the scenes dealings at...
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Later, this was replaced by a mobile phone. It’s now almost quaint to think back to when the bleep would go off in a bar or café on a crowded Saturday afternoon. People who knew you assumed an emergency — a revolt in Central Africa perhaps. ’ you’d shout into a nearby phone, keeping up the image. In reality it was more likely to be bleach-blond Mrs Murphy and her family needing emergency passports to go to a ‘family funeral’ in Fungerola. The pager was set off by one of the Gardaí, who were always on duty at the DFA reception outside office hours.
It helps, of course, if the Minister is also a party leader, and, in Spring’s case, Tánaiste, in a high-profile coalition Government. It also helps if the Minister is seen to protect the Department and ‘bat’ for them at the Cabinet table. Spring and Lenihan were perceived to do this. Unfortunately, Lenihan was absent for much of his tenure through illness. By a grim irony, his duties were taken over by our esteemed Taoiseach. So, technically speaking, Charles J Haughey was Minister for Foreign Affairs.
This structure came with its own personnel hierarchy. Divisions were headed by Assistant Secs, sections by Counsellors, and subsections by First Secs, assisted by Third Secs, and assisted again by the Clerical staff. At the very top was Noel Dorr, the Department Secretary, to whom the Assistant Secs reported. Every morning he met them for what was known as ‘Morning Prayers’. He was shadowed (and shadowed was the appropriate word) by the Deputy Secretary, Robin Fogarty, who in Noel Dorr’s absence, for example, convened the lunch against Haughey.