HC Deb 28 June 1878 vol 241 c450

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to establish in Ireland ships for training Irish lads and boys for the use of Her Majesty's Navy; and, whether the Flag-ship in Cork Harbour could not advantageously be used for the purpose named?


Sir, at present the supply of boys for the Navy is greater than the demand. By the existing regulations the sons of men serving in the Coastguard, district ships, other vessels on the Irish coasts and in the Irish constabulary, also the sons of naval, military, or civil pensioners in Ireland may be entered; but it is not considered necessary at present to establish training ships in Ireland.