HC Deb 30 June 1915 vol 72 cc1811-3W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he will ascertain and state the extent to which the teaching and study of German and of Irish, respectively, are subsidised out of public money in each of the universities of Ireland, in each of their constituent colleges, and under the Intermediate Education Board?


The National University of Ireland employs one extern examiner in German and one in Irish, each receiving remuneration of £80 per annum. In addition, the University provides studentships of £200 per annum, tenable for two years, and usually offered for competition every second year, into which German and Irish enter as subjects. Of the constituent colleges, University College, Cork, includes in its staff a professor of Irish language and literature at a salary of £450 a year, a lecturer in modern Irish at a salary of £150 a year, and a professor of German at a salary of £150 a year. The Waterford County Council offers annually a scholarship in Irish tenable only in that college, while the Cork County Council offers two studentships annually, provided suitable candidates present themselves, in subjects among which "Irish Language, Literature, and History" is included. The staff of University College, Dublin, includes one professor and one lecturer in modern Irish at annual salaries of £600 and £300 respectively; one professor in early and mediaeval Irish at £600 a year; one professor of German at £300 a year with assistants at salaries amounting to £120 a year. There are no prizes or scholarships limited exclusively to Irish or German, but, in competing for scholarships in modern languages, students must present three languages from a list of subjects which include Irish and German. At the University College, Galway, a professor of Irish language, philology, and literature, is paid £350 a year with a proportionate sum of the amount of class fees paid by students in Irish. A lecturer in Modern Irish language receives £150 a year, with £50 additional so long as the additional income of the college shall continue, and a proportionate sum from class fees. The professor in modern languages receives £350 per annum and a sum equivalent to the amount of his class fees paid by students. He has two assistants in modern languages who receive £75 each. Irish is a subject for entrance and third-year scholarships and for the university examinations, on the result of which second-year scholarships are awarded. There is a postgraduate scholarship in Irish, value £40, tenable for one year, and founded by the Galway County Council, and two special prizes in Irish value £7 10s. each are awarded annually. There are no special scholarships or prizes in German, but modern languages are subjects for entrance and for undergraduate scholarships and for postgraduate scholarships. At the Queen's University of Belfast the salary of the professor of German is £500 per annum, and the salary of the lecturer in Irish is £250. Irish and German are exactly on the same footing in the list of optional subjects that may be taken for foundation scholarships and for class prizes. Each department gets the same annual grant of £5 for a class laboratory. The only direct payments made by the Board of Intermediate Education in respect of individual languages are special prizes for proficiency in composition. In 1914, prizes to the value of £82 were thus awarded for German, and to the value of £74 for Irish.