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Micheál Martin calls on Govt to reopen Vatican embassy

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There have been calls for the reopening of Ireland's embassy to the Vatican, to mark the election of a new pope.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin congratulated the new pontiff, and praised RTÉ's coverage of the election, saying it reflected a deep interest among Irish people.

He asked if the Government would now consider providing funds to reopen the embassy to the Holy See, which was closed on grounds of cost.

His call was backed by Independent TD Michael Healy Rae, who said it would be a gesture to the new pope.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said links with the Holy See have not been "severed".

He said there are still full diplomatic relations, with the Scretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs accredited to the Vatican - the only change was that the ambassador was no longer resident there.

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14 March 2013

Read more: www.rte.ie

2013-03-21


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