Fianna Fáil Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said it is time for the government to reinstate the Irish Embassy with a full time Ambassador in the Vatican.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented: “Over the next few weeks a new Pope will be elected and I believe it is the perfect opportunity for the government to appoint a full time Ambassador once again to this important role in Rome.
“Ireland has always had an Ambassador in this important post and now that the government are saying the economic picture is improving there is no need for any further delay in my view.
“The government promised that the decision to remove an Ambassador from Rome was a temporary one. The promise to review this decision should be honoured and looked at again. It is important for Ireland to have a strong relationship with the Holy See given the significant influence and global reach it has on human rights and world affairs.”