MR. T. M. HEALY
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether a present assistant teacher, who is classed higher than third class, and who has given more than five years' service as principal, is entitled to the bonus of £9 granted to assistants under the Education Act of 1892 and Schedule; and, if so, is it in accordance with the Act not to pay bonus to such assistants, many of whom had to revert from the position if principals from causes over which they had no control?
MR. J. MORLEY
The Commissioners of National Education have referred this matter to their Law Adviser, who is of opinion that they are not precluded from recognising the five years' service, though not continuously rendered as assistant, but interrupted by an interval of service as principal. The Commissioners have accordingly decided to admit assistants so circumstanced to the benefit of the second clause of the Fourth Schedule of the Act.