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Jody Corcoran: Closing Vatican embassy to cut costs doesn't add up

Decision to shut was taken just after Cloyne Report was published, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 05/02/2012 | 05:00

The Government's stated reason for the closure of our embassy at the Vatican is questionable.

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Eamon Gilmore, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the reason had to do with cost cutting, and was unrelated to a row between Ireland and the Vatican regarding co-operation with a child sex abuse inquiry.

The timing of the closure, in the immediate aftermath of the Cloyne Report, was certainly unfortunate from the Government's point of view, that is, if it expects people to accept its motivation was entirely as presented.

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