HC Deb 07 December 1911 vol 32 c1568

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Thomas Larkin, after having passed in all other essential subjects in St. Patrick's Training College for Teachers, Drumcondra, was sent home in 1805, ostensibly for failure, without comment, in a practical teaching exercise of a few seconds' duration from Senior Inspector Stronge; whether he is aware that this senior inspector and the two junior inspectors under him quarrelled with this student's brother for teaching Irish in his school; and whether the secretary of the National Board and the principal of the said training college are entitled to refuse to tell this student any reason for his expulsion except what is to be inferred from the foregoing facts?


The Commissioners of National Education inform me that at the end of his first year of training this student failed in spelling, grammar, and practical teaching, and did not obtain the minimum number of marks necessary for a pass, and was therefore ineligible under the rules to return to the college for a second year's course. The Commissioners add that the senior inspector referred to, who died three years ago, was one of the most efficient men in their service.