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.

  • Ri Na Deise

    Usual oul shite from them. Acting the big fellas. ‘Look Paddys on our side now’. Get out to fuck.

  • ciaran

    Easy, The brits can’t bloody count.

  • RepublicanStones

    I thought Kevin Myres would have had more than 24 readers 🙂

  • Greenflag

    So the British Army is 24 times more popular at getting ‘recruits ‘ from the Republic as the Roman Catholic Church is at getting ‘vocations ‘?

    Whatever ‘spin’ the media try to put on this it’s a non story . Irish people have always joined the British Army even when times were good . Germans and Brits have always joined the French Foreign Legion .

    No big deal for most of us in these islands one way or another, except of course for the folks who live in the toad in the hole to the north of Dundalk where it excites some interest .

  • 9 County Ulster is my homeland

    It always seems to be the scummiest amongst us who join the brits anyway. So they can gladly have them.

  • “It always seems to be the scummiest amongst us who join the brits anyway. So they can gladly have them.”

    The Ballyfermot Fusileers.

    It is no different on the other island.

    Paxman’s infamous jibe from Gulf War 1 about saddam’s reaction to meeting “Glasgow crims”

  • Nathan

    The British Army actively recruiting from inside the Irish Republic, this is the first I’ve heard of it…which schools and universities have they set up stall at?

    I don’t believe any Army should be recruiting within educational establishments, not even the Irish Defence Forces who are really cuddly and sickly nice.

  • Greenflag

    Phil Mac Giolla Bhain“

    It always seems to be the scummiest amongst us who join the brits anyway. So they can gladly have them.”

    Is that so ? We owe our ‘independence ‘ as a State to many of those who served in the British Army before they ever became IRA men or Free State troops both before and after the Easter Rising. Some 50,000 plus enlisted /volunteered to serve in the British Army to defend these islands from nazism .

    ‘The Ballyfermot Fusileers.’

    If I recall correctly it was a young lad from Ballyfermot who was the first person from the Republic in the British Army to have been killed in Afghanistan. I also recall that the people of Ballyfermot and Dubliners generally accorded this family and this soldiers colleagues every respect during the funeral .

    When it comes down to the wire – Ireland will be able to rely on the young men from places like Ballyfermot , Cabra , Drimnagh , Finglas and Tallaght and not on gobshites like Phil Mac Giolla Bhain (translation ) Phil son of the lily white servant or toad in the hole blinkered bollix like 9 county Ulster !

    The pair of should try to enlist in the BA for duty in Afghanistan . I said try because I hear they don’t take on recruits who piss in their pants when they see a gun !

  • Greenflag

    Nathan .

    ‘I don’t believe any Army should be recruiting within educational establishments, not even the Irish Defence Forces ‘

    Is that so . Do you realise ye gobshite that there would’nt be any educational establishments or a State if we did’nt have an Army or Defence Force .

    Whether we like it or not if it was’nt for the British Army in Northern Ireland , the death toll in the troubles between Catholics and Protestants would have been counted in the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands.

    And do remember that some of those British soldiers came from places like Ballyfermot or their British equivalent.

  • runciter

    Whether we like it or not if it was’nt for the British Army in Northern Ireland , the death toll in the troubles between Catholics and Protestants would have been counted in the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands.

    At the risk of stating the obvious, if it wasn’t for the British Army we wouldn’t have had any ‘troubles’ in the first place.

  • “Whether we like it or not if it was’nt for the British Army in Northern Ireland , the death toll in the troubles between Catholics and Protestants would have been counted in the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands.”

    Have you heard of the Falls curfew in 1970 you moron? Probably the spark that ignited and exacerbated the troubles in the North. In the early days of the troubles the British army were picking off Tims for the fun of it. What the fuck would you know anyway, you’re from Dublin.

  • Greenflag

    runciter ,

    ‘we wouldn’t have had any ‘troubles’ in the first place.’

    That’s right . There was no UVF there was no UDA there was no RUC there were no Unionists opposed to an Independent Ireland – there was no Ulster Covenant -there was no IRA .

    Go back to 1169 and blame the Normans and yer man the cuckolded King of Leinster and I’d agree .

    PS I’m not defending the right of the British Army to be in Ireland any part of -merely stating the obvious that without them the Northern mini war would have turned into a bloodbath on a Balkan scale . The Republic’s government knew that at the time .

    As of the here and now in this century and the last I’ll maintain that the British Army saved a lot more lives in NI than they took .

    Dave ,

    ‘In the early days of the troubles the British army were picking off Tims for the fun of it. ‘

    That’s right and that’s why the Tim’s wives were bringing them tea and biscuits and thanking them for saving them from certain genocide at the hands of extreme Loyalists .

    Now fuck off with yerself !

  • This is just daft.
    The people who ran the story first was the Army who indicated that, on their figures, the recruitment of Irish soldiers directly from the Republic was running at 16%.
    The Army is, was and always has been, a popular choice for recruits from the Republic.

  • Apologies for the grammar in my last.
    I sent it before I previewed it due to doing three things badly at the same time.

  • Nathan

    Greenflag,

    I haven’t criticised the Army, either our own or the British one – I have just merely stated that these organisations should not be scouring schools as they won’t find eligible men and women there, just impressionable kids.

    Going by my schooling experience, which I do appreciate is only anecdotal, career events never encompassed either the IDF or British Army – again thats probably because its not their policy to recruit within schools in the first place!

    I could be mistaken though, I don’t know for sure.

  • Now, a math class would do the trick!