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A senior civil servant appointed non-resident ambassador to the Vatican is to open talks with the Pope's representatives on sharing an embassy building with other diplomats assigned to Rome, reports The Kerryman.
Irish Deputy PM Eamon Gilmore said the option of using one site to house staff liaising separately with the Holy See and the Italian government will be on the agenda.
David Cooney, secretary general of the Department of Foreign Affairs and one of the country's most senior civil servants, will be responsible for the delicate discussions.
"If the Vatican relaxes the requirement about having two separate buildings then we will look at the Vatican situation again in that context," the Tanaiste said.
"We have appointed a non-resident ambassador to the Holy See... he will be able to carry that discussion forward with the Vatican authorities."
Talks with Vatican on site sharing (The Kerryman)
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