You may recall that Ireland closed its embassy to the Holy See in Rome. I made the wry recommendation that the Holy See might conduct all its business with Ireland from a desk at the Nunciature in England.
I now read on La Stampa that Benedict XVI received the new Ambassador to the Holy See from Ireland, David John Cooney, at a ceremony in the Vatican on May 4.
Mr. Cooney had the distinction of being able to give the Holy Father his credentials together with Armenia, Ethiopia, Fiji and Malaysia.
His Holiness made a little speech. As far as I can tell, he seems not to have mentioned Ireland by name.
Mr. Cooney’s real day job is actually Secretary-General to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which job he retains. It seems he will be the ambassador in his spare time.