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Direct link to Holy See no longer needed

Published 14/11/2011

Mary Kenny (Comment, November 10) equates Ireland's departure from the Commonwealth with the closure of its embassy to the Holy See. This is nonsense.

In the first instance, Ireland left a group of 54 states. In the second instance, it downgraded - but did not abolish - its links with a single state.

The Irish state does not need to speak to papal nuncios to gather Catholic Church opinion. There is a network of archbishops, bishops and priests in Ireland who can do that just as well.

If Ireland needs a listening-post in Rome, I'm sure its Italian embassy will suffice.

LEWIS CHILDS

Belfast

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