§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH (Fermanagh, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland have had it brought to their attention that Largy school, county Antrim, near Portglenone, is situate within a few yards of a public-house, and that the name of the schoolmaster and the licensed proprietor of the public-house are the same; is the schoolmaster the licensed person; and, if not, where does the nominally licensed person reside, and is the public-house in fact managed by the schoolmaster or members of his household; and is the management of a public-house by any schoolmaster, or any of his household, in close proximity to the school, permitted by the Board.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Commissioners of National Education inform me that under their rules teachers are strictly forbidden to keep public-houses or to live therein, and the Commissioners do not recognise as a teacher the husband or wife of the owner or occupier of a public-house. The Commissioners have no information as to the alleged breach of the rule by a teacher at Largy national school, but will make inquiries on the subject.