Mixed messages over success of British Army Irish recruitment drive

Last month, the Times reported how 16 per cent of the new recruits to the British Army in Northern Ireland since April were from south of the border, more than double the figure for 2006. Slugger dealt with it here. However, today the Irish Independent reported that an “expensive” recruitment drive by the British Army in the Republic had resulted in just 24 applicants signing up in the last 18 months. Why the discrepancy in opinions/reporting of the recruitment figures? Suggestions welcome.