Apostolic Nuncio Charles Brown accepts Breen’s invitation to visit Clare.

July 26th, 2012 - Pat Breen

photoSpeaking following his meeting with Apostolic Nuncio Most Reverend Charles John Brown, in Leinster House today (Wednesday), Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said that he was pleased that the Papal Nuncio had accepted his invitation to visit County Clare.

As part of his role as Deputy Breen as Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade regularly meets with Ambassadors accredited to Ireland in order to enhance diplomatic and bilateral relations between Ireland and their respective countries.

The Apostolic Nuncio Most Reverend Charles John Brown presented his credentials to Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins on the 16th February 2012 last and this introductory Meeting between the Papal Nuncio and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Pat Breen which was planned to take place earlier was rescheduled until after the Eucharistic Congress which this year took place in Dublin.

While Apostolic Nuncio Brown was born in New York City; he has strong family connections in Clare. His great grandfather on his mother’s side was O’Callaghan from Flagmount and on his father’s side his great grandmother was Geoghegan from the Clare side of Poulataggle near Gort. Having served as a priest in the Irish dominated District of the Bronx in New York from 1989-1991 following his ordination, in 1994 he was appointed to the Official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Vatican City. On the 26th November 2011, Archbishop Brown was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

“He is very proud of his Clare roots and he was delighted to accept my official invitation to visit here. He also accepted my invitation to address an informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee later on this year. I will be working closely with the Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly to coordinate the logistics for this visit, which I envisage would include Church and Civic ceremonies. I will be writing to Clare County Council to propose that the Papal Nuncio be honoured with a civic reception during his visit.”

“During the course of our Meeting we also discussed issues of bilateral concern including the situation regarding the closure of the Irish Embassy in the Vatican. I updated the Archbishop Brown on the Government’s commitment that in the context of the budgetary situation, that we would continue to review our diplomatic network including, as the financial situation improves, the possibility of reopening a resident Embassy to the Holy See. We agreed to work closely together on issues of bilateral concern and in the meantime, I am very much looking forward to welcoming Archbishop Brown to Clare.”