HC Deb 27 February 1905 vol 141 cc1304-5

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Department of Agriculture have reconsidered their position with reference to the Donegal County Agricultural Committee as to the refusal of the Department to sanction the appointment of residents of the county of † See (4) Debates, cxxxii., 54. † See page 1079. Donegal under the agricultural and technical scheme for the county to positions therein; and whether, on account of portions of the county containing inhabitants who are Gaelic speakers, steps will be taken by the Department to cancel the rule in so far as others, not natives of the county of Donegal, would not understand the Gaelic dialect in that county and their services thereby would be useless.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The rule made by the Department not to sanction in future the appointment of a person as instructor in any county of which he or she is a native, or in which he or she resides, affects all the agricultural schemes, and applies to every county in Ireland. The Department does not propose to modify this regulation in the case of Donegal. Experience has shown it to be necessary in the interests of the schemes and of the committees administering them. The regulation has worked well in other counties.