WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ARE KEN’S AND DOT SHOULD NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM.
I’ve been thinking recently about the Irish Government decision to close the embassy in the Vatican. The decision has been subject to sustained caviling and noises off from the Fine Gael backbenches and the Labour party TD, foreign minister and deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore was forced to put the hard word on people. But closing the embassy is CLEARLY a good decision.
The main reason is that the Vatican is NOT A REAL COUNTRY. It might be a country in a purely nominal sense, but it’s not a real country (with births and deaths and unemployment and health systems and trade and all that sort of thing). It’s a vanity honorific title accorded to the Vatican to call it a country.
Second of all, the Vatican already has thousands of representatives in Ireland; practically one on every street corner. So it would be ludicrous to suggest that an embassy is needed to promote communication between the two countries (even if the Vatican were a country in any real sense).