HC Deb 03 December 1902 vol 115 cc1066-7
MR. MACARTNEY () Antrim, S.

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that at an examination for an Exhibition, to be competed for by the pupils of the Old and New Borough Schools at Swords, recently conducted by Mr. Michael Sullivan, LL. B., and Mr. T. P. O'Connor, B. A., respectively, a Senior and District Inspector of National Schools, the answering of Michael Keegan was superior to that of any other candidate, and that the examiners failed to return his name as a successful candidate, alleging that he was not properly qualified; and, seeing that the Commissioners of National Education made an order, on 14th October, instructing the examiners that the boy, Michael Keegan, was a qualified candidate, and that the examiners have refused to alter their decision, whether he will take steps to secure in future obedience to the scheme.


The facts are accurately stated. The scheme framed for the management of these endowed schools provides that the decision of the examiners upon any question in respect of the qualification of a candidate shall be final. No change in the procedure under the scheme could be effected except by legislation. The propriety of altering the procedure in this respect will not be lost sight of in the event of legislation being introduced.