§ MR. THOMAS O'DONNELL (Kerry, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether fees are paid for Irish, when taught as an extra subject, on the average daily attendance of school or classes presented, or whether they are paid at a fixed rate per pupil on the number of children actually presented, and, if not, will he explain the principles which regulate payment, and the amounts which may be expected for such work.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM, Dover)
This question, I assume, turns on the meaning of the expression bona fide, as applied to the attendance of pupils, in Rule 55. The Commissioners have decided that bona fide attendances mean that the child is a pupil of a national school, has made at least one hundred attendances in each annual period, and has attended the course of Irish, or other extra subject, for at least 75 per cent. of the meetings. The fee payable under these conditions for Irish is 10s. per pupil.