HC Deb 07 August 1902 vol 112 c954
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can say why Mr. Thomas Coleman, who entered Drumcondra Training College in 1898 as third class teacher, and passed with special distinction in 1900 into the first division of second class, and who was subsequently appointed principal of Lahain National School, County Cork, District No. 56, Roll 3,548, has since been paid only the salary attached to the lowest division of third grade, notwithstanding that the Commissioners of National Education have promised special consideration to such cases.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) Prior to Mr. Coleman's admission to the training college in 1898 he had been, merely recognised as monitor. On leaving the college at the end of the course in 1900 he passed the final examination, as stated, with "special distinction." He was appointed teacher for the first time on the 17th September, 1900, and became as regards emoluments subject to the following rule, which is taken from the Code presented to Parliament in July, 1900, viz.:— "Future teachers recognised for the first time will rank on appointment in the third grade only." No promise of "special consideration" was given by the Commissioners that is applicable to his case.