The Spectator

Conscription in Ireland

It's tempting to deny them the honour of defending the Empire Tags: First world war, Ireland, Conscription, Easter Rising

Conscription in Ireland
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From ‘More men’, The Spectator,

7 October 1916: Are we or are we not to apply compulsory service to Ireland? The difficulties, we admit, are very great. Personally, we dislike the idea of seeing the privilege — for such it is — of defending the Empire accorded to men who have disgraced themselves as did the Sinn Feiners and the disloyal population of Ireland in the recent revolt. At the same time, it does seem a gross injustice that the Irish people should not bear their share of the common burden.