The announcement was made along with plans to close two other Irish embassies in the countries of Iran and East Timor. The Irish have said these closures would save their government 1.7 million dollars every year.
Dublin did make it a point to note that the decision was not based on disputes over child abuse committed by members of the Church.
- Comments of the Press Office of the Holy See (including link to report from Vatican Radio)
- Comments by Cardinal Sean Brady