HC Deb 19 July 1904 vol 138 cc422-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that at a meeting of the Mayo County Council, held at Castlebar on 27th January, 1904, a resolution was passed that after the 1st January, 1905, no position or post in the gift of the Mayo County Council should be given to anyone who does not possess a knowledge of the Irish language; and, if so, will he state what action, if any, they have taken or will take in the matter.


A resolution of the character indicated has been received by the Local Government Board. I assume that the last query applies to the Local Government Board and to the county council? If so, my reply is that the Local Government Board must be satisfied that candidates for the offices of secretary, surveyor, assistant surveyor, and poor rate collector, must be fully qualified for those posts.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think it necessary that these officials should have a knowledge of the Irish language?

[No Answer was returned.]