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Irish Language In Irish Schools

Volume 90: debated on Thursday 7 March 1901

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I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in order to enable Irish National teachers to meet the desire that at present exists for the teaching of the Irish language in Irish National schools, the Commissioners of National Education will establish classes for the teaching of Irish to teachers during the summer holidays, as they have already done in the case of manual instruction, and also to estab- lish Saturday or evening classes for the same purpose.

There are no funds at the disposal of the Commissioners for the purpose stated.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if it is not a fact that the managers of schools in Ireland are at present unable to find teachers who can teach the Irish language, in consequence of the lack of funds?

I cannot by way of question and answer across the floor of the House debate a question which can be raised on the Estimates.

Could not the right lion. Gentleman suggest that a special Estimate should be put on for this purpose?

It is too late to suggest any addition to the Estimates for the present year.