§ Mr. FRANCIS MEEHAN
asked on what grounds the training college authorities of Drumcondia, Dublin, refused to accept Thomas Sweeney, of Drumkeerin, county Leitrim, as a candidate for training in that institution this year, seeing that he passed the necessary examination last year?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I am informed by the Commissioners of National Education that Mr. Sweeney was examined at Easter, 1909, as a candidate for St. Patrick's Training College, but that his answering was much below that of the last student then selected by the authorities of the college for training. He has not been put forward as a candidate this year. The selection of candidates for examination rests with the college authorities, and the Commissioners cannot say whether Mr. Sweeney applied to be admitted this year, or, if so, why he was excluded.