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Tuesday 6 December 2016

David Quinn: Pope should come here but visit the North first

Published 10/02/2012 | 05:00

The issue of our embassy to the Holy See won't go away. Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore now finds himself attacked as "an anti-Catholic bigot" and it has sparked a mini-rebellion among the Fine Gael backbenchers.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Mr Gilmore's decision to close the embassy wasn't motivated by anti-Catholic bigotry.

There had to be cuts made to our diplomatic representation overseas and embassies that help to generate trade or to disperse aid in developing countries were not considered. That left a relative handful of candidates for the chop and the embassy to the Holy See was one.

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