Medical License Fees (Irish Times, 1904)

1.415. The Irish Times, (Dublin), Monday, 6 June, 1904, 6; Tuesday, 14 June, 1904, 6.

An extract from a report on the annual meeting of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons  and part of a letter responding to the same.

The cost of studying medicine in Dublin was the subject of a remark made by Sir Lambert Ormsby, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on the 6th of June, 1904:

As I stated last year I was much surprised that our licentiates and Fellows scattered over all parts of the world did not recommend Dublin as much as they might (where they themselves received their qualifications), to their many friends and clients in the Colonies as one of the best and cheapest places to which to send their sons and daughters to study medicine and surgery.

This drew the following sarcastic response from someone signing himself only ‘L.R.C.S.I.’ on June the 14th.

SIR,— I have noticed in your issue of the 6th inst. the President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland expresses surprise that the Licentiates and Fellows do not recommend Dublin as the cheapest place to qualify in. If this were so many Irishmen practising in England would be only too pleased to recommend their native place. As a single instance of expensive fees, may I point out that the fee for the License of the Irish College of Surgeons costs £26 5s., while that of the corresponding Diploma of England and Edinburgh costs but £15 15s. I am sure this fact has only to be placed before the College authorities to be rectified.

But the Mulligan family was clearly affluent enough (as indicated for example at 1.43) to take such costs in its stride.