Thursday 8 December 2016

Cost of infallibility

Published 09/02/2012 | 05:00

Those Fine Gael TDs who have been loud in their protestations on the decision last year to close the Irish embassy in the Vatican need to get some backbone.

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They are worried that they may lose their seats in the next General Election, with traditional Catholic votes in rural Ireland going elsewhere. They have not that many options of political parties to move to.

There are Irish Catholics who were not happy with the closure, but I don't think it is permanent. It may be re-opened in the next few years, after some rapprochement between the country and the Vatican -- and it is the Vatican, not the Government, that has the making-up to do.

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