From Our Own Correspondent
The Stormont Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. W. Lowry, K.C., replied to Mr. Beattie, the Labour member who had drawn fresh attention to Sir Basil Brooke's call to boycott Catholics from all employment. Mr. Lowry 'stated that when the Six County Premier. was Commandant of the Special Constahulary he was informed that there was a plot on foot to kidnap hi, eldest son, aged three. The inference was that it was not to be carried odt by people of his own party. In Sir Basil's own words, " Therefore, I took every precaution and got rid of every man in my place that might betray me."
Mr. Lowry submitted that in taking this action Sir Basil acted like any good father or good citizen. Thirty or forty people were kidnapped at that time, hut the eldest son of the Prime Minister was not, because of the precautions which had been taken.
This is the first we have heard of this story about kidnapping, of which we can find no substantiation anywhere. 14 it is true—which may be doubted; for it is has not a probable look—it still gives no. explanation why Sir Basil Brooke should call publicly for the boycotting of Catholics.
By holding the Catholic community, from highest to lowest. responsible for the conduct of some unknown criminals (not known to be Catholic event, Sir Basil Brooke and Mr. Lowry insult every Catholic from the Vicar of Christ down to the humblest working boy or girl.
ter for Education under Mr. 'Cosgrave, held that present methods were not satisfactory. If the best educational system were foundit ought to result., he said, in a higher standard all round through the very' fact of our schools tieing bilingual.
Mr, James Dillon (whose brother is one of the greatest living Gaelic scholars, and holds a pm-eminent academic post in America) criticised the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He complained that the Minister had suspended certain folk-lore research-a work against which time is running, as the old generation dies—in favour of the Institute, arui he humorously repeated the saying that " the Institute has so far succeeded in proving that there, is no God, keit that there arc two St. Patrick s "—a jest at the expense of Dr. Schoedingcr and Dr. T. O'Rahilly.