New UK Ambassador to Vatican an Irish Catholic

Pendennis in the Observer got it right when he reported that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would announce “a practising Irish Catholic in his mid-thirties” is to be the new British ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement of the appointment of Francis Campbell, 35, was made today. Campbell, a former foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair, will be the first Irishman to represent the UK abroad since the partition of Ireland in 1921. It seems incredible, considering the millions of Irish emigrants to Britain in the last 85 years, that Campbell will be the first in that time.