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Ó Donnghaile condemns Short Strand British Army recruitment drive

24 March, 2009

Sinn Féin’s East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has branded the decision to distribute recruitment literature for the British Army in the Short Strand area as both ‘inappropriate’ and ‘deeply offensive’.   Speaking today Mr Ó Donnghaile said,   “Yesterday like many other residents in the Short Strand I was surprised to find glossy recruitment literature for the British ‘Territorial Army’ in my letter box.   I have been contacted by a number of residents highlighting their offence at this move since then.   The Short Strand is an area that has suffered greatly at the hands of numerous British Army regiments over a long number of years.   I spoke with one resident today, whose brother was gunned down by the British Army on the streets of this Parish while going about his daily business; understandably he is deeply hurt and angry that this literature would be directed at trying to recruit his sons into that same Army, I share his anger at the move.   Society in the North is moving on; even Hugh Orde accepts that there is no need for the British Army to return to our streets. There is also no need for this inappropriate and offensive attempt by the British TA to recruit young Irish people from this community under false promises of some sort of worthwhile career.” CRÍOCH

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