New proconsul has much to learn
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By Brian Feeney (for Irish News)

We have had some pretty ropey proconsuls here in the last thirty-eight years. Think of Humphrey Atkins, one of Lady Hacksaw’s favourites. Merlyn Rees was another dope. He was appointed because he was a mate of the prime minister, Jim Callaghan. He spent most of his time here wringing his hands. Paddy Devlin said Rees was always wrestling with his conscience. “The trouble was the result was always a draw.” The signals from the latest one are not good.

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