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So, a little more than two years after the closure of the Vatican embassy, Eamon Gilmore has consented to its reopening.

26th January, 2014
Pope Francis reacts enthusiastically to the news that Ireland's Vatican embassy is to be re-opened.

Sir Humphrey triumphs in Vatican battle

So, a little more than two years after the closure of the Vatican embassy, Eamon Gilmore has consented to its reopening. An abrupt change of plan, you might say. A refinement of our position, Eamon might reply. Only a few months ago, though, he was replying to a parliamentary question on the subject with the words: ''There is no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See...

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