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Sunday, 05 February 2012

A two-hour meeting of Fine Gael TDs on Wednesday agreed that the Government should review the decision to close the Irish Embassy to the Vatican. The motion was proposed by Tony McLoughliln, TD for Sligo-North Leitrim, and received unanimous approval, though parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan reported that it was also the unanimous view of the party that the issue should be reviewed ‘having regard to the prevailing economic conditions’ rather than as a matter of urgency.

Yesterday’s Sunday Independent claimed that the Fine Gael party debate was at times quite heated. The newspaper also reported that Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Éamon Gilmore has ruled out any review of the decision. Mr Gilmore also denied that it reflected an "anti-Catholic" agenda within the Labour Party.

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