§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can state the number and names of the schools in Irish-speaking districts in which junior pupils have little or no knowledge of English and in which a bilingual programme (Irish and English as media of instruction) is in operation, and in which a programme on a wholly English basis is in operation; and also state the number of model schools under the direct management of the Commissioners of National Education, the number in which Irish is taught, the number of pupils attending the model schools, the number learning Irish, the number of hours per week Irish is taught, and the time of day it is taught?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The following are the 138 national schools situated in districts which, according to reports received from the Board's Inspectors are Irish-speaking, and in which junior pupils have little or no knowledge of English and a bilingual programme (Irish and English as media of instruction) is in operation:—
In County Donegal.—Ardcrone, Cashelnagor, Innisherrer Island, Doaghbeg, Ballymichael, Cashel (2), Ballylar, Mevagh, Derryhasson, Gortnahork, Mulroy, Cnoc-na-naomh, Meenderry, Knockfola, Meenacladdy, Bunaninver, Tory Island, Gola Island, Lunniagh, Derrybeg Boys', Derrybeg Girls', Knockastoler, Dore, Dunlewey, Cruit Island, Owey Island, Keadue, Arranmore Island (1), Arranmore Island (2), Thorr, Lettercagh, Mullaghduff, Ranafast, Meenaleck, Ducarry, Meenacross Boys', Meenacross Girls', Traighena, Derryhenny, Letter, Glenleighan, Derryloughan, Shallogans, Ballinamore, Letterbrick, Croaghs, Edeninfagh, Lougheraherk, Crove, Largynasseeragh, Meenaneary, Coguish, Teelin, Meenacross Mixed, Derrylaghan, Graffy, Glenvar, Cashel (1), Innismeen, Innisbofin, Termon, Gortnabrade.
In County Mayo.—Inniskea Island North, Inniskea Island South, Carratigue, Derry, Killitiane, Glansaul, Treen, Saula, Finney.
In County Galway.—Carna Convent, Annaghvane, Ard, Ardmore, Camus, Carragarew, Carrabrown, Cartronkeel, Clonbur Boys', Clonbur Girls', Cloughbrack, Clydagh Boys', Cornamona B., Derroe Boys', Derroe Girls', Drim, Feenish, Garrafrauns Girls', Glanecmurrin, Gortmore, Illauneeragh, Inishbarra Island, Inishark, Inishmaine, Inishtrawar, Killeaney, Kilmilkin, Knock, Lettercallow, 1532W Lettermacow, Lettermore, Loughconeera, Loughwell, Mason Island, Menlagh, Oatquarter Boys', Oatquarter Girls', Onaght, Rosmuck, St. Mac Dara's Boys', St. Mac Dara's Infants, St. Ronan's Boys', St. Ronan's Girls', Salerna Boys', Salerna Girls', Shanafarahan, Spiddal Boys', Spiddal Convent, Tiernee, Trabane, Tullokyne, Inisheer.
In County Kerry.—Kilrelig, Ventry Boys', Ventry Girls', Kilvicadonig, St. Brendan's, Clooncurra, Smerwick Boys', Smerwick Girls', Ferriter Boys', Ferriter Girls', Vicarstown, Blasket Island, Kilquane.
In County Waterford. — Mulnahorna Boys', Mulnahorna Girls'.
In the undermentioned schools situated in districts which, according to reports received from the Board's Inspectors, are Irish-speaking, and in which junior pupils have little knowledge of English, a programme on a wholly English basis is in operation:—
County Donegal.—Magheraroarty, Loughanure.
County Galway.—Carraroe, Lettermullen, Tully Boys', Tully Girls'.
The following Return gives the required information as to Model Schools:—
- Number of Model schools, 71.
- Number of pupils on rolls on 30th September, 1911, 9,113.
- Number of pupils on rolls learning Irish, 322.
Model school. No. of hours per week in which Irish is taught. Hours of instruction each day. Central Boys 3 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.15–9.45; Tuesday, 9.15–9.45, and 3.0–3.30; Thursday, 3.0–3.30. Central Girls 4¾ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3.15–4.0; Saturday, 11.30–12,30. West Dublin Boys 1 Tuesday and Thursday, 9.50–10.20. Glasnevin 1¼ Monday, 9.30–10.0; Thursday, 3.5–3.50. Dunmanway* ½ Monday. 3.0–3.30. Trim 3 Tuesday and Thursday, 10.0–10.30, and 3.0–3.30; Wednesday and Friday, 10.0–10.30. * Instruction given by an E. C. Clergyman, but not for fees.
§ Mr. DORIS
asked when fees for the teaching of Irish for the year ending 30th June, 1911, will be paid to national teachers who, although they had not obtained certificates, taught Irish successfully in accordance with programme, and obtained favourable reports from the National Board inspectors who examined their pupils?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Commissioners of National Education inform me that when instruction in Irish is given by a teacher who has not a certificate of competency from the Commissioners or from some recognised authority, such as one of the colleges for the teaching of Irish, fees are paid on receipt of the inspector's report, provided the instruction given has been satisfactory; but the teacher is warned that fees will not be paid in future unless he procures a certificate of competency. In the case of a teacher who, after due warning as above, has failed to procure the required certificate the payment of fees is, as a rule, refused.