Official Recognition for Gaelic in Scotland

July 9, 2009

There was a time when Gaelic was frowned on and Gaelic-speaking children were taught only in English. While such attitudes have changed, the Gaelic language, which was once the main means of communication in the Highlands, has been in decline – the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland is at an all-time low.

But this week, at the 100th Royal National Mod, the major cultural event in the Gaelic calendar, the First Minister, Jack McConnell, announced that a Gaelic Language Bill will be introduced by the government into the Scottish Parliament. Details were sketchy, but the bill will recognise Gaelic as a language of Scotland for the first time and will require all public bodies to consider the need for Gaelic language plans in relation to their services. October 2003


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