§ MR. J. O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland on what grounds the Educational Endowments (Ireland) Commission, and the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests, have agreed to accept from Captain Meade Dennis (owner of the trustee estate under the will of the late Lady Elizabeth Stratford) the sum of £800 for the erection of the Stratford Lodge Schools, Baltinglass, out of £1,750 paid by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company for the old schools and ground; whether the compensation (£1,750) has been in the possession of the Dennis family since the 30th July, 1884; whether the proposed new buildings will include, as the old ones did, a male, a female, and infants' school, with teachers' residence and laud attached; 321 and whether the Protestant parishioners of Baltinglass have protested against the acceptance of £800 as inadequate to erect schools equal in capacity and usefulness to the former institution?
MR. J. MORLEY
I have been informed that the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests have agreed to accept the sum of £800 for the erection of these schools under their powers of compromising a charitable claim. Compensation of £1,750 was paid to the father of the present owner of the estate, and it appeared that no portion of this amount had come into the possession of the present owner. The proposed new buildings would be erected in accordance with plans approved by the Court of Chancery, and would include accommodation for both boys and I girls, together with a teacher's residence and land attached. A Petition has been lodged by the incumbent and some of his parishioners with the Commissioners of Educational Endowments, and these, with any other Petitions received within the prescribed legal time, would be duly considered by the Board.