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*No definite date has been established for the reopening, given that a new Ambassador must first be appointed and that new premises close to the Vatican have yet to be located.
A Foreign Affairs spokesman did suggest, however, that it was hoped to have the new Ambassador installed by this summer. Since it was closed in 2011, the role of Ambassador has been covered on a caretaker basis by the secretary general of Foreign Affairs, David Cooney, working out of Iveagh House in Dublin.
Officials also stressed that there would be no possibility of the Embassy being housed at its old site of the State-owned Villa Spada which, in the meantime, has become the Irish Embassy to the Italian state itself. It was stated that this was not because of any Vatican veto on a dual purpose embassy but rather because , it was stated, there is no space available at Villa Spada.
Foreign Affairs also claims the new Vatican Embassy will be a “modest”, one-person operation, in keeping with the new wind of sobriety and parsimony blowing through the Vatican under Pope Francis. *
Pope Francis’ emphasis on poverty alleviation and assistance to the developing world were mentioned by senior diplomats as a reason for re-establishing the embassy.