And finally…29 September 2012
When Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi retired from his role as nuncio to Ireland in 1989 it was because of concerns over large sums of money in his possession, it emerged this week.
Sean Donlon, Ireland's most senior retired diplomat, said informal representations had already been made by the Irish state to the Holy See about transferring Archbishop Alibrandi prior to the revelation of the significant amounts of money in his accounts which had not been declared for tax purposes.
According to Mr Donlon, who is also a former secretary general of the Departmet of Foreign Affairs, said the Sicilian prelate claimed diplomatic immunity and said the money belonged to his brother, who he said was involved in international trade. "Clearly that was not a particularly satisfactory explanation," Mr Donlon told The Tablet.
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