HC Deb 05 March 1885 vol 295 c95

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, How long has Mr. D'Arcy Thompson been a Professor in the Queen's Colleges, Ireland; how long has he acted as Librarian in Galway College; who is Librarian in Belfast Queen's College, and when was he appointed; who is Librarian in Cork Queen's College, and when was ho appointed; and, why is Mr. D'Arcy Thompson not given an appointment of a similar tenure to that enjoyed by his colleagues in the other Colleges?


Mr. D'Arcy Thompson was appointed Professor of Greek in Queen's College, Galway, in 1861. In January, 1877, he was selected for the post of acting librarian, at a time when the Government had under consideration the question of appointing librarians to the Queen's Colleges. He continued so to act until 1883, when an application was received from him that his appointment might be made permanent: but the Government did not consider it advisable to alter the then existing arrangement, and they certainly are not disposed at the present moment to create a new vested interest in connection with the Queen's Colleges. The present librarian at Belfast is Professor Meissner. He was appointed in July, 1882. The librarian at Cork is Mr. Caulfeild. He was appointed in January, 1876.