MacDonald Welcomes Falkirk Council's Approval of Gaelic Language Plan
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 09:59
Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed Falkirk Council's decision taken today at its Policy & Resources Committee to approve the Falkirk Council Gaelic Language Plan. Angus MacDonald, who was chairman of the Royal National Mod held in Falkirk in 2008, which attracted £1.5 million to the local economy just as the economic downturn was beginning to bite said:
"I am extremely pleased that Councillors in Falkirk have unanimously approved Falkirk Council's Gaelic Language Plan. The plan will now be submitted to Bord na Gaidhlig for approval. It is heartening to see this further step in the development of Gaelic locally, exactly 3 years after the Royal National Mod was held in Falkirk, and on the same week as Falkirk Junior Gaelic Choir have done so well at this year's Royal National Mod in Stornoway. (Falkirk Junior Gaelic Choir won the unison and two-part harmony competitions in Stornoway yesterday and came second in another).
"It is imperative that we protect and encourage the Gaelic language in Falkirk district, however it is also important to recognise the importance of the Scots language in our culture. We neglect these two nationally important languages at our peril - if we lose our languages we lose our culture."
"I look forward to receiving confirmation that Bord na Gaidhlig have approved Falkirk Council's Gaelic Language Plan within the next few weeks."