Tuesday 28 March 2017

Nothing to see here - conspiracy theorists left to starve

Eamon Gilmore says he is impressed what Pope Francis has said about tackling poverty.
Eamon Gilmore says he is impressed what Pope Francis has said about tackling poverty.
John Downing

John Downing

THIS one has potential for those who like their political conspiracies. However, both sides were on their best behaviour and determined to starve the conspiracists.

In November 2011, during a trough in government relations with the Catholic Church, Eamon Gilmore announced that, for cost reasons, Ireland would close the Vatican Embassy. Cue indignation, outcry and a strong campaign by Fine Gael TDs and senators.

Things rumbled on, and early last month, Mr Gilmore almost said he would re-open the embassy with talk of expanding Ireland's diplomatic missions abroad "and looking at the Vatican in that context".

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