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SIXTY-FOURTH REPORT

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NATIONAL EDUCATION

IN IRELAND.

YEAR 1897-8.

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Non-Vested 3. The remainder, 5,339, were Non-Vested Schools, which are Schools,

erected from funds locally provided, or, in a few instances, from loans available under the Act of 1884, 47 & 48 Vic., cap. 22, or are schools formerly vested, the leases of which have expired. The loans are repayable at 5 per cent. per annum (principal and interest included) in 35 years.

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Number of 4. The number of applications for grants to new Schools con

sto sidered in the year 1897 was 78. In 73 cases we gave the required schools ... assistance, either as grants for building new premises, or as grants 9.2. Build in aid of the maintenance of Schools previously established but (6.) Salaries not in connexion with the Board. The remaiuing 5 applications

were rejected. Amount of The erection of Vested School-houses, for which we make

building grants, is carried out under the direction of the Board of Works. On the first of April, 1897, the amount for which that Board was liable in respect to grants already made by us and notified to them was £48,198. In addition to this amount, we had made grants amounting to £21,469, which had not up to the 31st March, 1897, been ready for notification to the Board of Works. Our total liabilities therefore on that date amounted to £69,667.

As in the previous year, we received in 1897-8, a greater number of applications for such grants than what the Parliamentary Vote would warrant us in sanctioning. Accordingly it was again necessary to limit our grants, and the total of the new grants we felt warranted in making in 1897-8 was £28,108 (see Table at foot). During the year we cancelled grants to the amount of £1,431 in cases in which the Managers failed to proceed with the works. The liabilities on the part of the Board of Works on 31st March, 1898, amounted to £33,974; and there were also grants made by us prior to that date, but not ready for notification to Board of Works, amounting to £25,645. Our total liabilities therefore on that date were £59,619.

The grants referred to above as sanctioned by us during the year ended 31st March, 1898, were apportioned as follows :

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The Parliamentary Vote for the year to meet the cost of the Amount of new school-houses was £40,000; but the total amount actually Loans. paid within the year by the Board of Works on account of work executed by the Managers was £36,500.

We also forwarded to the Board of Works applications for loans to the amount of £690 towards the erection of new NonVested school-houses, and £650 towards enlarging or otherwise improving existing Non-Vested school-houses.

According to the Returns furnished by the School Managers, Local aid the amount subscribed in the year 1897 from local sources towards

building and towards the erection of new buildings, additionsto school premises, repairi &c., was £34,728; and similarly for repairs, improvements of schoulhouse and furniture, and other local expenditure, the amount"

mont houses. was £33,215. Total, £67,943.

5. During the year we approved of loans in 43 cases to Residences. provide Teachers' Residences, and in 4 cases to improve existing Residences. The total amount of the loans sanctioned was £10,190 58.

Since the year 1875, when the Residences Act came into force 1.263 applications for loans, and 72 applications for grants, as distinct from loans, to provide Residences for Teachers, have been approved by us. A large per-centage of the teachers however are as yet unprovided with suitable residences.

The number of free residences for Teachers as returned by Free the Managers, is 1,301.

Residences.

wises.

sites,

6. As regards the Vested schools, especially those Vested in Condition our Board, and kept in repair by the Board of Works, the of fler adequacy and suitableness of their sites, their sanitary arrangements, and their general fitting up for school purposes, afford as a rule grounds for satisfaction.

The Non-Vested Schools are, in large proportion, held in excellent houses, and on suitable sites, but many of those schoolhouses are of an unsatisfactory character.

Although there is considerable reluctance on the part of the Cumpulsory Managers to employ the powers available under the Acts of 1892 acquisition and 1893, for the compulsory acquisition of sites for Schools and Residences, yet as the result of the earnest efforts made by many Managers to effect improvements, the supply of suitable buildings is increasing

In 1897, no application was made to us to authorise the compulsory purchase of sites for Schools, but 2 applications were made for authority to purchase sites for residences. In one of these cases a site was subsequently acquired by agreement ; in the other case Trustees were authorised to compulsorily acquire a site.

Since the Act of 1892, as amended, came into operation, we gave the required authorisation in 26 cases to acquire sites compulsorily, and we refused the authorisation in one case.

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