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Brookeborough didn't pick O'Neill

Alex Kane (DebateNI, January 14) writes that O'Neill was chosen by Brookeborough as his successor.

Not so, according to O'Neill in his autobiography (p42). Brookeborough as Prime Minister, on resigning, was reminded by Lord Wakehurst, the Governor, that as was the then convention, he had the right to name his successor, although the Governor was not bound to accept it.

Brookeborough declined, saying that the Home Office had informed him that he need not put any name forward.

Lord Wakehurst then informed him that he would be submitting O'Neill's name.

Brookeborough made no comment.



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