Irish envoy returned to Vatican
The Republic of Ireland is to reopen its embassy in the Vatican two years after it was shut for financial reasons.
The decision to close it in November 2011 was seen in some quarters as a snub to the Catholic Church after damning reports of the mishandling of clerical abuse.
The Holy See in Rome is one of five new embassies to be set up, including missions in Bangkok in Thailand, Jakarta in Indonesia, the Croatian capital Zagreb, and Nairobi in Kenya.
Three new consuls will also be opened as part of Ireland's revamped diplomatic operations, including bases in Hong Kong, Texas and Brazil. The renewed presence in the Vatican has been described as a scaled-back, one-person embassy focusing on international development.