§ Mr. KEATING
asked the Chief Secretary whether, at the forthcoming examination for clerkships under the Congested Districts Board, the Irish language is only to be given 100 marks out of 3,700, while 600 are to be given to English and 200 to French, German, or Latin; and whether the Board will consider the advisability of giving a more adequate number of marks to Irish, considering that the operations of the Board are conducted mainly, if not wholly, in Irish-speaking districts?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The maximum marks attainable at the examination for clerkships in the Congested Districts Board in the subjects stated are correct. The Board carefully considered the matter and were unanimously of opinion that the number of marks allotted to a colloquial knowledge of Gaelic is sufficient.