§ Mr. J. REDMOND
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what was the average attendance at the Waterford model national schools for the year ended 31st December, 1916; what was the total expenditure from all State sources for the year ended 31st December, 1916, in connection with these schools; why is an exception made in the case of the teacher of the Waterford boys' model national school by paying him first-of-first grade salary, 1711W seeing that the average attendance does not warrant that grade; under what conditions was the Rev. C. W. Greenstreet, Rector of St. Patrick's, Waterford, employed during the school year ended 30th June, 1916, to teach Latin and French for four hours per week to the pupils attending the Waterford boys' model national school, and under what conditions is this clergyman still employed; and what was the amount of school fees paid for Latin and French in the Waterford boys' model national school during the school year ended 30th June, 1916, and to whom were the fees paid?
§ Mr. DUKE
The average attendance at the Waterford model school for the year ended 31st December, 1916, was 25.3 in the boys' department, and 38.9 in the girls' department, and the expenditure from State sources in connection with the1712W schools was £692 17s. 5½d. The principal teacher of the boys' department was employed by the Commissioners of National Education as a sub-organiser of science from 14th January, 1901, to 31st March, 1905, when he was appointed as a model school teacher on the abolition of his post as sub-organiser. His present salary is based on his earnings as a principal teacher for the three, years ending 31st March, 1900, under special Treasury sanction, and it is not dependent on the average attendance in the school in which he is serving. The Commissioners have not sanctioned any arrangement under which the Rev. C. W. Greenstreet, Rector of St Patrick's, Waterford, was employed to teach Latin and French to pupils attending the model school. The amount of the fees paid to the head master in respect of Latin and French was £3 6s. 3d.