HC Deb 03 April 1905 vol 144 c133

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Guy's National School, Ballymena, was condemned by the National Board as overcrowded and unsanitary; that the residents opened the Waveney School to provide the necessary accommodation; that, notwithstanding the fact that about 100 pupils have been maintained for more than one year, the Board have refused repeated applications for a grant; and whether, in view of the fact that the Board has given a grant to Cloncore School, near Portadown, although there is a school under Protestant management in the same place capable of accommodating all the children in the locality, he will explain why the grant is made in the one case and refused in the other.


Guy's National School has not been condemned, but the Governors are about to build a new school to supersede it. The Board have refused to recognise the Waveney School upon the grounds that the children in attendance have been withdrawn from other schools in which sufficient accommodation already existed, and that the premises are both unsuitable and insanitary. The case of Cloncore School is not analogous. The Commissioners decide each case on its merits.