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The Daily Poll

Poll: Should Ireland introduce national service for young people?

British PM Rishi Sunak believes such a policy would help unite society in an “increasingly uncertain world”.

BRITAIN’S PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has proposed introducing national service for young people in Northern Ireland.

He says it would involve 18-year-olds either completing a year in the military or spending one weekend a month volunteering for a year.

Sunak, who is on the campaign trail for re-election, believes his suggestion would give young people a “shared sense of purpose” – but it has been met with backlash by northerners.

We’re asking you in the Republic, should mandatory national service be introduced in the south?

Poll Results:

No (7815)
Yes (6011)
I'd support mandatory volunteering, but not with the army (1992)

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