There is a lurking suspicion among the Irish that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest in a long line of British leaders who have not cared much about them.

He took nearly a week to return a congratulatory phone call from Ireland's prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and he has brushed aside the challenge of enforcing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the south, once saying it would be no different from collecting traffic fees from motorists driving across London.

So, when Johnson made his first visit to Dublin as prime minister earlier this week, he went out of

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