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Obligations and Responsibilities:
Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005
By: Michael Kennedy and Deirdre McMahon
Ireland became a member of the United Nations on 14 December 1955. Obligations and Responsibilities: Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005 consists of fifteen essays, compiled through 2005 to mark fifty years of Irish United Nations membership. Individual chapters are devoted to key events over the fifty years: the origins of Defence Forces involvement in peacekeeping, the Niemba massacre in the Congo in November 1960, the place of the United Nations in Irish policy towards the Middle East, towards sub-Saharan Africa and towards decolonisation in Africa and Asia in the 1960s, and the role of the United Nations in the early months of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1969.
Ireland at the United Nations: Memories of the Early Years
By: Noel Dorr
Ireland at the United Nations: Memories of the Early Years is a lively and readable account of the first fifteen years of Ireland's UN membership by a former Irish diplomat who worked with prominent figures of the period such as Frank Aiken, Freddie Boland and Conor Cruise O'Brien. Ireland joined the UN in 1955 and soon played such an active role there that, according to a 1960 article in The Economist, it ‘bestrode the UN like a colossus’. In the turbulent decade of the 1960s, Noel Dorr was well placed to observe the unfolding drama surrounding issues such as the Congo (where Irish peacekeepers lost their lives), nuclear weapons, apartheid, the winding down of colonialism and - at the very end of the decade - the crisis in Northern Ireland.
The author draws on personal memories and historical documents to give a vivid account of the personalities of the time and of Ireland's approach to the main issues, with numerous anecdotes and vignettes.
A Small State at the Top Table:
Memories of Ireland on the UN Security Council 1981-82
By: Noel Dorr
Ireland was elected to the Security Council of the United Nations for a two-year term in 1981-82. This book is a personal account of some of the main events of that period by Noel Dorr, who sat in the Irish seat on the Council and held the Council Presidency twice during those two years.
The author offers a lively and entertaining description of some of the main personalities who sat on the Council in his time, and a full account of important debates on Namibia and on Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. The main part of A Small State at the Top Table: Memories of Ireland on the UN Security Council 1981-82 is devoted to a lengthy and detailed account of the role of the UN in the Falklands War of 1982. His insider's account of the tensions with Mrs Thatcher's Government caused by the decision of the Irish Government at a crucial stage to seek further involvement by the UN – described here for the first time from an Irish viewpoint – will be of particular interest to readers in Ireland.