-Gaelic Language Legal for First Time since 1616 2003-10-11Posted by clype in Humanities, Intolerance, Scotland.
In 1616, the Scottish Parliament ruled that the Gaelic (pron. g'ee'lik) language should be 'abolisheit and removeit'. This week we have seen a new 'Gaelic Bill' unveiled to preserve the language and promote it. Speaking at the 100th Gaelic Festival, "the Mod", in Oban, The First Minister Jack Mcconnell said:
'Gaelic must not only be seen to have a past. It must be seen to have a future too'.
The 'Gaelic Bill' will give Gaelic legal status.
It will require all public bodies to consider the need for a Gaelic language plan for their services.
It will put the new Gaelic Language Board on a statutory footing. The bill is largely symbolic. It won't have much practical effect but is being seen — by all sides — as an important symbol that Gaelic is back on the national agenda.
- www.fort-william.net/mod/history.htm (Mod 1999)