HC Deb 07 May 1896 vol 40 c740

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to a statement made to the Visitors of Queen's College, Galway, on 23rd April last, by the President of that institution, to the effect that, when after the dissolution of the Queen's University in 1882, the corporate body of the College asked for certain alterations in their regulations, the Lord Lieutenant informed the President that a radical alteration of the College was so near at hand that it was hardly worth while to make smaller changes; and, whether the Government can say if they still intend to carry out the great alterations referred to?


The President of the Queen's College, Galway, informs me that he did not make the statement attributed to him in the Question. It is the fact, however, that in 1893 it was represented to the Lord Lieutenant that certain changes in the Statutes of the Queen's Colleges became necessary consequent on the dissolution of the Queen's University, and in view of the Inquiry held in the following year, it was not, I presume, considered desirable to deal specially with the alterations so proposed. Supposing the expression of opinion ascribed in the Question to the then Lord Lieutenant is correct, I have no means of knowing what the alterations were which he had in his mind. Many alterations, however, have since been carried out in the Statutes of the Queen's Colleges.