Thursday 23 March 2017

Graham Clifford: IRA attitude to Irish serving in British military belongs in 1913

When faced with the notice 'we are still NOT accepting any NEW applications for general service' on the Irish Defence Forces' website, young men and women across Ireland faced a difficult dilemma.

Would they sit and wait for the recruitment drive to begin again? How long would that take? By the time the economy picked up and the Army could resume recruitment, would they be too old to be considered for a position?

There were other options of course – options that would keep them in the country.

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