CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - IRISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

asked the Minister for Education whether he will state (1) the number of national schools in the Free State where teaching instruction in the infants' division is given wholly through the medium of the Irish language; (2) the number of national schools where instruction in the infants' division is partly in Irish and partly in English; and (3) the number of national schools where the instruction in the infants' division is altogether in English.

Statistics such as those asked for in the Deputy's question are issued at intervals in the Department's report. A table containing such statistics for the year ended 30th June, 1926, was published on page 114 of the Department's report for the school years 1925-6-7.

The material obtained for the school year 1927-28 has not yet been collated, but if the Deputy repeats his question next week I shall be in a position to supply the information asked for.

I will repeat the question then on Wednesday next.

I think I will be ready on Wednesday to give all the information. I will have it in tabulated form so that there will be no misunderstanding.