The Irish government last night warned the Vatican it expects its fullest co-operation in ensuring children are safe from paedophile priests.
The Irish Cabinet said it stood by Taoiseach Enda Kenny's unprecedented attack on the Catholic hierarchy and kept the view Rome had interfered in Irish civil law.
The government maintained Mr Kenny reflected the public anger of the overwhelming majority of Irish people at the Church's failure to deal adequately with clerical child sex abusers.
But it said in spite of outstanding differences it welcomed the Holy See's commitment to dialogue and co-operation with the Government.
"In welcoming this commitment, the government expects the fullest co-operation from the Holy See," it added.