HC Deb 05 April 1909 vol 3 cc885-6W

asked whether the secretary and principal of the Waterford Technical Institute has been imported from England; what teaching experience he had previous to his appointment by the Waterford Borough Committee; what university qualifications he has, if any; what is his total salary and other emoluments annually whether the manual instructor, the assistant science master, the art master, the commercial instructor, the domestic economy instructress, and the millinery instructress attached to the institute are all non-Catholics; what total annual salary is each receiving; who is responsible for these appointments, and what share of responsibility does the Department bear; what are the conditions of each of these appointments, and by whom were they framed; and whether it is the local committee or the Department that has the right of dismissing any of these officials?


Mr. O'Shaughnessy, the principal and secretary of the Waterford Technical Institute, is an Irishman, and was employed in England prior to his appointment by the Waterford Technical Instruction Committee. He has no university qualifications, but is an Associate of the Royal College of Science, London, where he had teaching experience, is a trained chemist, and has had considerable experience as manager of a works chemical laboratory. His salary is £270 per annum. The Department have no information of the religious beliefs of the staff of the institute. The salaries of the staff are as follows: Manual instructor, £170; assistant science master, £120; art master, £120; commercial instructor, £150; domestic economy instructress, £100; millinery instructress, 5s. per lesson of two hours. The technical instruction committee of the county borough of Waterford are alone responsible for these appointments, which are in all cases subject to the approval of the Department. The appoint- ments are terminable by one calendar month's notice on either side. The conditions of appointment are framed by the local committees, who also have the right of determining the appointment of any of their officers in accordance with the conditions of appointment.