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Archbishop Martin denies reports of a move to The Vatican

The Dublin Archdiocese said that rumours that he is leaving for Rome is just “empty speculation”.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

SPECULATION THAT ARCHBISHOP Diarmuid Martin may be in line for a senior position in the Vatican are “totally without foundation,” according to the Archdiocese of Dublin.

In a statement about a report in The Irish Catholic Newspaper today concerning the possible appointment of Archbishop Martin to a position in Rome, the Archdiocese categorically stated that the claims were untrue.

‘Empty speculation’

They concluded: “Archbishop Martin will not be commenting on such empty speculation.”

The newspaper report stated that due to some “surprise” appointments in Dublin and the “positioning of close friends” and “key allies” of Martin next to Pope Francis, that they might be whispering in the ear of the pontiff to get Martin back to Rome.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin began working in the Holy See in the 1970s. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin in 2003 and in 2004 he succeeded Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin.

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