The University Commission continues its slow progress, with the Commissioners seemingly in no rush to make a report. One significant aspect of a recent sitting was a letter from the Archbishop of Dublin, explaining his reasons for not appearing as a witness. He stated that he could add nothing to the evidence provided at the opening of the Commission by the Bishop of Limerick, with whose views he fully concurred.
However, there was one important aspect concerning which the Bishop of Limerick did not have the opportunity to express his views. The Chief Baron addressed this aspect, saying everything the Archbishop would have liked to say on the matter. With very clear views now before the government, it falls on Mr Balfour, the Prime Minister who has personally committed to the issue, to address the question.
Currently, however, Mr Balfour appears more focused on catering to the desires of the landlords than considering his pledges and declarations regarding the University question. Time will tell whether the Commission’s ultimate findings will result in meaningful action on the matter.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 10 September 1902