HL Deb 08 May 1851 vol 116 c679

presented a petition from the members of the Established Church of a parish in the county of Meath, praying that the schools under the direction of the Established Church might not be excluded from the grants allowed by Parliament for national education in Ireland. The noble Lord supported the prayer of the petition, contending that all that the petitioners asked for was the same encouragement for the schools of the Established Church that was already afforded to all other religious denominations. He had only recently returned from Ireland, and he found that the feeling against the recent aggression of the Pope had by no means abated, and the Protestants complained that the grants made to the Roman Catholic schools in Ireland were not made subject to the same conditions as those which were proposed to the schools of the Established Church.

Petition to lie on the table.

House adjourned till To-morrow.