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The author draws on personal memories and historical documents to give a vivid account of the personalities of the time and of Ireland's approach to the main issues, with numerous anecdotes and vignettes.
Ireland at the United Nations: Memories of the Early Years will be of interest to the general reader as well as to students and academics interested in the United Nations, or the diplomacy of a small state in an international forum.