Irish University Bill: resolutions of the standing committee (on Trinity College) of the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church

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RETURN to an Order of the Honourable The House of Commons,
dated 3 March 1873;—3/or,

COPY " of the Resolutions of the Standing Committee (on Trinity College)
of the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church, on the Subject
of the Irish Univebsity Bill."


At Belfast, the 24th day of February 1873, on which day the Committee

appointed by the General Assembly to " watch over the progress of the

University question," being met, and constituted, inter alia, the Bill entitled,

" A Bill for the Extension of University Education in Ireland " having been

considered, the following Resolutions were adopted :—

1. We are of opinion that, through the University of Dublin, any person in
Ireland, wherever educated, should be enabled to obtain a degree, who can pass
the necessary examinations.

2. We approve of the proposal in the Bill to separate the theological faculty
from the University of Dublin, and from Trinity College.

3. We believe that Trinity College should be opened, so that its secular
advantages may be made available for all Her Majesty's subjects, without
reference to creed or sect, subject to such regidations as will remove all religious
disabilities from its fellowships, scholarships, and other honours.

4. The Committee disapprove of the pi'oposal in the Bill to leave Trinity
College such a large proportion of its revenues, and are of opinion that pro¬
vision should be made therefrom for the more liberal support and encouragement
of non-sectarian education in connection with the Queen's Colleges.

5. We object to the recognition by the Slate of denominational colleges as
part of a national system of University education, and to the affiliation of such
colleges with the University of Dublin.

6. We object to the representation of denominational colleges, as such, on
the council of the proposed University of Dublin.

7. We object to the exclusion of modern history, and mental and mox'al
philosophy, as subjects of examination from the rewards of the University.

8. We object to the proposal to dissolve the Queen's College in Galwa\', and
believe that the Queen's Colleges and the Queen's University cannot be held to
have had a fair trial until Government shall have established a proper system
of intermediate education in Ireland.

Wm. Johnston,

Moderator of the General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church in Ireland.