Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has welcomed the decision by the Government this morning to re-open Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See.
Cardinal Brady said, “I welcome the decision by the Government today
to re-open Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See. Whilst the embassy has
been closed since November 2011, it is important to recognise that
diplomatic relations between Ireland and the Holy See were in existence
and productive during this time. I wish to pay particular tribute for
his work in this regard to Ireland’s non-resident Ambassador to the Holy
See, Mr David Cooney.
“Today’s decision also reflects positively on the process of Church
State Structured Dialogue.
The question of the re-opening of the
embassy to the Holy See was one of the issues raised by our delegation
at the meeting of that dialogue in Government Buildings last January.
“Based on our shared commitment to justice, peace, eradication of
poverty, international development, and the protection of the
environment, I now look forward to on-going and fruitful co-operation
between Ireland and the Holy See for the common good.”