GAELIC AT THE HEART OF HOLYROOD
Thursday, 10 September 2015 12:19
Falkirk East MSP hosts leading Gaelic language exhibition in Parliament
In his capacity as the Convener of Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Gaelic, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald is sponsoring this week's Bòrd na Gàidhlig Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig works to promote the social, economic, cultural and educational value of Scottish Gaelic. It strives in partnership with the Scottish Government, the people of Scotland and other Gaelic organisations to improve the national and international status of the language.
Here, Mr. MacDonald is pictured with Bòrd na Gàidhlig's Teacher Recruitment Officer, Joanne McHale (left), and Gaelic Grants Officer, Eilidh Johnston (right), in Holyrood's prestigious Members' Lobby. The sign he is holding up translates into English as "I support Gaelic".
Originally from Stornoway on the Island of Lewis, the MSP for Falkirk East recently submitted a parliamentary question to the Scottish Government relating to his Gaelic language remit. He asked what the timescale was for the appointment of a new chief executive officer for Bòrd na Gàidhlig to lead the important work of the organisation.
Alasdair Allan, the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages (pictured below) replied to Mr. MacDonald's question on behalf of the government.
In his official response, Dr. Allan - who is also the MSP representing the Gaelic-speaking heartland of the Western Isles - stated that, "Scottish Government officials are currently discussing the terms and conditions for appointment with the Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig. When discussions have been concluded we will aim to advertise the post in October 2015."