§ 4. Mr. GINNELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland how many inspectors employed by the Commissioners of National Education and by the Commissioners of Intermediate Education, respectively, in Ireland are competent to examine students in the Irish language; and what steps are being taken to form a competent staff for this purpose?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
Twenty-one of the inspectors employed by the Commissioners of National Education, and one of the five inspectors at present in the service of the Intermediate Education Board are competent to inspect classes in the Irish language. With a view to increasing the number of inspectors so qualified Irish must now be taken as one of the subjects of the qualifying examination of candidates for the office of junior inspector of national schools in the case of every alternate appointment.