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The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Ireland's Vatican embassy was closed two years ago (AP)

Ireland to re-open Vatican embassy

Reopening will allow ‘Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis,’ says government

Irish president Michael D Higgins (Photo: PA)

President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill after tense parliamentary debates

Pro-lifers march down  O'Connell Street in Dublin earlier this month (PA)

The constitution is being cast aside as a relic of the nation’s poor Catholic past

Under Ireland's new legislation babies can be aborted up to birth in certain circumstances Photo: Press Association

Abortion’s impact on Ireland’s culture will be dire

Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Virginia Mayo/AP/Press Association Images)

Minister who rebelled faces expulsion from party

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

Protection of Life During Pregnancy bill progresses after second stage vote

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop of Boston accuses Enda Kenny of “aggressively promoting abortion legislation”

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

The laundries were tough places, undoubtedly. But there was no sexual abuse and no physical punishment

An estimated 25,000 people joined a pro-life march in Dublin (Photo: PA)

Among pro-lifers decades-old grudges have been dropped and people who weren’t on speaking terms are making plans with each other