A DONEGAL County Councillor has told young people in Donegal thinking of joining the British Army to reconsider.
It was reported this week that Britain is signing up a new recruit in the Republic on average every four and a half days.
Figures released by the Ministry of Defence showed that more than 230 Irish citizens joined British defence units between 2013 and 2015.
Independent Councillor Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig has expressed alarm at the revelations.
“The British government paints a picture of excitement and adventure and many young people mainly from working class backgrounds are taken in by the propaganda,” he said.
“The reality is very different and by joining the British Armed Forces you risk being sent to foreign wars to be maimed or killed or the more likely kill innocent civilians.
“We should remember that the British Armed Forces played a leading role in the invasion of Iraq where one and a half million civilians were killed.
“The fact that there are still thousands of British troops occupying the 6 counties should be considered as well and we should remember that this is the same army that carried out Bloody Sunday, the Ballymurphy massacre and the murder of civilians as well as many other atrocities in Ireland.
“These wars are for oil, western globalisation, the arms industry and ordinary people will not benefit from these wars but give their lives to serve the ruling elite’s war mongers.”