To ask the Minister for Finance whether he is aware that, without adequate financial support, it is most difficult and practically impossible to organise and conduct on a satisfactory basis Irish classes for adults in the Counties of Westmeath and Longford, that in every parish of these counties there are many people who left school without a knowledge of Irish, and who now wish to acquire it, that funds are needed to place a sufficient number of competent teachers of Irish at the service of these people; and whether in view of these facts, any monetary help would be forthcoming to enable people to acquire a thorough knowledge of the Irish language.

A question on this matter is being answered by the Minister of Local Government to-day.

The Government are anxious to facilitate as fully as possible the teaching of Irish, and to that object the introduction of early legislative measures to regularise the levying and application of the necessary funds by way of rates is under consideration.