HC Deb 11 March 1897 vol 47 c507

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury if he can now say whether a Bill for the establishment of a Catholic University in Ireland will be introduced this Session by Her Majesty's Government?

MR. W. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that Question, may I ask whether he is aware that much dissatisfaction exists throughout the country at the contemplated establishment of a Roman Catholic University in Ireland, and that it is likely to break up the Unionist Party? [Irish laughter.]


I am perfectly well aware that, as my hon. Friend has just said, many people have been alarmed at what they regard as really the proposals of the Government, but I hope they will not make up their minds as to what those proposals are until they see them. ["Hear, hear!"] With regard to the Question on the Paper, I do not see how it will be possible to deal, in the course of the present Session, with any of the problems connected with higher education in Ireland.

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