HC Deb 03 July 1905 vol 148 cc737-8
MR. JOSEPH DEVLIN (Kilkenny, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the political addresses delivered at the I annual meeting of the Irish Protestant National Teachers' Union, held in Belfast, on Saturday, 24th June, in which charges I were preferred and attacks made against the managers of Catholic elementary schools in Ireland; and whether, seeing that these teachers are in receipt of salary or other remuneration from the; Government, and in view of the regulations governing the conduct of public I servants, he will say what action he proposes to take in the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) Yes, Sir; I have seen a newspaper report of the proceedings, in which the president is stated to have denied that the Protestant teachers had ever I done anything to show hostility to Roman Catholic managerial authority. The Commissioners have issued a circular to national school teachers calling their attention to the rules which require them to abstain from controversy and to avoid meetings at which questions of an objectionable character are likely to be discussed.