Conan Doyle on Ireland’s rule

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Southsea GP and aspiring author Dr Arthur Conan Doyle was a regular correspondent on issues of the day, as revealed in old copies of the Evening News.

A letter expressing opposition to Home Rule in Ireland appeared in the paper on this day in 1886 in spite of his support of Liberal opinions on other matters.

He wrote: ‘An Irish parliament would not conduce to the strength or prosperity of [the Empire]’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.