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Newsline: Israel advises Irish group on Vatican embassy

The Israeli ambassador has offered advice to a Catholic campaign group seeking the reinstatement of Ireland’s embassy to the Vatican and the possibility of its co-location with the embassy to Italy. Campaigners met with ambassador Boaz Modai at the Israeli embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Israel’s embassies to the Vatican and Italy share the same complex on Via Michele Mercati in Rome. Mr Modai served as Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See when it decided to locate two of its embassies there because of budgetary constraints. The Irish Government has come under pressure to operate dual embassies in Rome following public outcry over the closure of the embassy to the Vatican. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has continually said he would review the closure if the Vatican relaxed a demand for two embassies in Rome, housed in two separate buildings, with two separate staffs. Campaign group Ireland Stand Up met Mr Modai and sought advice about how Israel operated such a relaxed rule with its two embassies. The Israelis requested that both embassies be on one site in Rome after their embassy to Italy opened in 1994. The British embassies to Italy and the Vatican share the same address on Via XX Settembre 80A in Rome.

http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/israel-advises-group-on-vatican-embassy-184648.html

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