Vatican embassy closure was a mistake but it’s time we moved on, says Martin

Irish Independent

By Colm Kelpie

Thursday February 23 2012

ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin yesterday said it was time to “move on” from the row over the closure of Ireland’s embassy to the Vatican.

After an Ash Wednesday Mass on the campus in University College Dublin, Dr Martin said that while he believed it was a mistake to close the embassy at the Villa Spada in the Holy See, it would reopen in time.

“I think it was a mistake to close it, but let’s be realistic, for a moment,” he said. “For some period of time you’ll have a non- resident ambassador, a very competent person, a very committed person, I don’t think the polemic is helping anybody anymore.

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