Army recruitment hits its target, the PM wields the axe in the reshuffle and Sinn Fein gains influence in the Irish election

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The Army has some rare good news on the shortfalls in its ranks. It is about to meet its recruitment target for the first time since it started a controversial private partnership with Capita in 2012.

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