Stemming from huge disconnect between state and church, Irish Vatican relations hit a new low with the closure of the Irish embassy. The blow comes on the heals of years of inability of the Vatican to properly deal with sexual abuse scandals that rocked the church. Of course, having a largely limp wristed church with little relevancy in everyday Irish lives certainly doesn't help. In a country where religion is merely a passing thought that your parents had to go to, the death of the Catholic church seems imminent ( at least in its current form).
Some kind of revival is in order, but there's a load of housecleaning to do first. One can fully expect, however, that this closure will be the first of many, and one that will be in all likelihood permeant.