Conor Cruise O’Brien
(1917- ) was Ireland’s permanent representative to
the UN and head of the International Organizations Section
of the Irish Government (1956-60); and in 1961-62 he served
as the Secretary-General’s representative to Katanga.
He was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College.
He continues to write as a columnist for Irish and British
newspapers and was editor-in-chief of the Observer.
He was a university president and has been a visiting professor
at universities around the world. He has been at one time
or another also a diplomat, politician, government minister
and member of Parliament, historian, biographer, anti-war
activist, intellectual, playwright, and prose stylist. His
numerous works of analysis and fiction include The United
Nations: Sacred Drama.