Direct link to Holy See no longer needed
Published 14/11/2011 | 08:00
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.