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Poll: Should Ireland reopen its Vatican embassy?

Calls for the embassy to be reopened were quashed by the Government today. Do you think that’s the right move?

Pope Benedict XVI in his popemobile.
Pope Benedict XVI in his popemobile.
Image: ANTONIO CALANNI/AP/Press Association Images

RESISTING PRESSURE FROM Catholic groups and opposition parties, Government officials have insisted that the Irish embassy in the Vatican will remain closed.

The embassy was shut in November 2011 as part of budget cuts and the Department of Foreign Affairs today said the decision will not be revisited until the economic situation has improved.

Groups opposing the move believe that the closure was more an “attack on Catholic culture” than an economic endeavour. Others have noted that the decision to shut the embassy shows little regard  for the importance of diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

Today, we’re asking what you think…Should Ireland reopen its Vatican embassy?

Poll Results:

No (6567)
Yes (670)
I don't know (106)

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