Educational Facilities for Ex-Service Officers and Men (Ireland).

Oral Answers to Questions — Demobilisation. – in the House of Commons at on 13 February 1919.

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Photo of Sir Robert Woods Sir Robert Woods , Dublin University


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, whether steps have been taken to secure similar facilities and pecuniary assistance to ex-Service officers and men in Ireland for university and other higher educational training as have been provided in England, Wales, and Scotland?

Photo of Mr Edward Carson Mr Edward Carson , Belfast Duncairn


also asked whether the arrangements for interim grants to ex-Service students announced last month apply to ex-Service students who desire to pursue their education or training in institutions in Ireland; and to-whom in such cases application should be made?

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuels Mr Arthur Samuels , Dublin University

The answer is in the affirmative. Corresponding arrangements have been made for Ireland, and will, it is hoped, be announced in to-morrow's newspapers. Applications should be addressed to the Education Officer, Appointments Department, Ministry of Labour, 64 and 65, Merrion Square, South Dublin.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Robert McCalmont Lieut-Colonel Robert McCalmont , Antrim East

Will my right hon. and learned Friend say whether this, is a new decision?

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuels Mr Arthur Samuels , Dublin University

I do not understand what is meant by a new decision. The arrangements were made as quickly as possible. The difficulty arose on account of there being no Education Department for Ireland as there is in the case of England and Scotland. But there has been no delay that could possibly be avoided.

Photo of Mr William Redmond Mr William Redmond , Waterford Borough

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that several applications have already been made from Ireland, and that the answer has been "No Irish need apply''?

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuels Mr Arthur Samuels , Dublin University

I am not aware of any such answer having been sent. If any Irishmen do apply arrangements are made to deal with the cases expeditiously.

Photo of Mr Joseph Devlin Mr Joseph Devlin , Belfast Falls

When will the Scottish Minister for Ireland be in his place to give us this information?