Cope hits out at “Ill judged” Holy See removal

A Donegal MEP has hit out at the Government over their decision to withdraw Ireland’s resident Ambassador to the Holy See.

A Donegal MEP has hit out at the Government over their decision to withdraw Ireland’s resident Ambassador to the Holy See.

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP speaking last night in the European Parliament in Strasbourg called on the Irish Government to reverse its “ill judged, wrong and improper decision” to withdraw the Ambassador.

Mr. Gallagher said that “religion plays a central role in international affairs and the Holy See offers a window to the rest of the world.”

“In this context, it would be remiss of me, not to raise the recent decision by the Irish Government to withdraw Ireland’s resident Ambassador to the Holy See in place since 1929.”

“I strongly believe that this was an ill judged, wrong and improper decision by any objective test of international diplomacy.”

“This decision leaves Ireland out of step with the rest of Europe as the vast majority of EU Member States have resident Ambassadors in Rome.”

“I call on the Irish Government and in particular the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Éamon Gilmore to immediately reverse this decision. A decision opposed by the vast majority of the Irish people.”