Certain matters relating to the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth, near Dublin: report, minutes of evidence and appendix

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University Tests (Dublin). 
Chapter 21. 
An Act to abolish Tests in Trinity College and the University of Dublin. 
[26th May, 1873]. 
Whereas it is expedient that the benefits of Trinity College and the University of Dublin, and of the schools in the said University as places of religion and learning, should be rendered freely accessible to the nation : 

And whereas by means of divers restrictions, tests, and disabilities many of Her Majesty's subjects are debarred from the full enjoyment of the same : 

And whereas it is expedient that such restrictions, tests, and disabilities should be removed : 

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and con¬ sent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Com¬ mons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows : 

This Act may be cited as the University of Dublin Tests Act, 1873. 
In the construction of this Act,— The word " office " shall not, so long as the Univer¬ sity of Dublin shall continue to teach and to grant degrees in the Faculty of Theology, apply to any Professor of or Lecturer in Divinity; but, save as aforesaid, the word shall include every professorship, assistant or deputy professorship, public readership, prelectorship, lectnreship, assistant lectureship, provostship, fellowship, studentship, tutorship, scholarship, and exhibition, and also any office or emolument not in this section specified, the income of which is payable out of the revenues or income of the said univer¬ sity or college, or any of the schools therein, or which is held and enjoyed by any member of the same. 

From and after the passing of this Act no per¬ son shall be required upon exercising, or to enable him to exercise, any of the rights and privileges which may heretofore have been or may hereafter be exercised by students or graduates in the said university, or upon taking or holding, or to enable him to tate or hold, any office in the said university or college as aforesaid, or upon teaching, or to enable him to teach within the said university or college, to subscribe to any article or formulary of faith, or to make any declaration or take any oath respecting his religious belief or profession, or to conform to any form of public worship, or to do any act in connexion with any form of public worship, or to belong to any specified church, sect, or denomina¬ tion ; nor shall any person be compelled in the said university or college to attend the public worship of any church, sect, or denomination to which he does not belong ; and no person elected to a fellowship or any other office shall be deprived of his office by reason that he is not or does not become ordained in holy orders. 
Upon the passing of this Act, the Act specified in the Schedule to this Act is hereby repealed to the extent in the third column of the said Schedule expressed. 

ArpnNDsx: XXV. 
University Tests (Dublin), 

Date of Act, 

33 Geo. 
of the Parliament of Ireland. 

Title of Act. 
Portion repealed An Act for the Relief of His Majesty's Popish or Roman Catholic subjects of Ireland. 

So much of section 7 us excepts from the operation of said sec¬ tion the College of the Holy and Un¬ divided Trinity, near Dublin.