HC Deb 23 March 1885 vol 296 cc220-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Mr. Fream, the principal teacher of the model school at Bailie-boro', county Cavan, is, and is known to be, a Freemason; whether, of the children attending the school, about two-thirds are Catholics; whether, owing to the refusal of the local landlord to grant a site, there is no other school available for the Catholic children of the place; whether he is aware that by an Encyclical Letter of the 20th of April 1884, the Sovereign Pontiff directed the Bishops of the Catholic Church to use all possible precaution to keep the young apart from the influence of masters and schools connected with Freemasonry; whether the Catholic clergy of Bailie-boro' refuse to visit the model school in question; and, whether, having regard to the recent declaration of the Right honourable gentleman that the Board of Education do prohibit such action on the part of any teacher as is calculated to interfere with the attendance at his school of children of any religious creed, what course of action the Commissioners will adopt in regard to the case of Mr. Fream?


I am informed that there is, and has been for the last 17 years, a National School in Bailieborough under the management of the parish priest. It would therefore appear that the Catholic children who attend Mr. Fream's school do so by their own or their parents' choice.