HC Deb 07 August 1888 vol 329 cc1830-1
MR. BIGGAR (Cavan, W.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If almost all the National Schools in Kerry, and the portion of Cork immediately adjoining, received during training in the Government College religious instruction from the model school teachers; and, if these are almost the only teachers in the country who, during training, received religious instruction in this way?


The Commissioners of National Education inform me that such of the teachers as were trained since the Roman Catholic clergy ceased to attend at the Training College received, as already stated in reply to a Question put by the hon. Member some days ago, most careful religious instruction from the head teachers of the central model schools, who are Roman Catholics, and also regularly attended the instruction and religious ministration in the Roman Catholic Church, with regard to which extensive arrangements exist. The Commissioners also state that the facts are not as represented in the last paragraph; but that all the Roman Catholic students throughout Ireland have received religious instruction in the same way and to the same extent.