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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
Row over Gaelic use in Caithness
Opposition in the far north of Scotland to Gaelic language road signs has been criticised by Highland Council.

Cllr David Flear, Highland Council's Caithness area convener, has led moves to refuse the latest application saying it was not a Gaelic area.

But the chairman of the council's Gaelic select committee said the policy should apply throughout the Highlands.

Cllr Hamish Fraser said: "In that area there are many Gaelic names and, I am sure, there is Gaelic spoken there."

He said it was "disappointing" there was opposition to signs in Caithness including Gaelic.

He said: "But at Highland Council we have a policy and we are agreed to that policy and that applies throughout the region.

"Areas cannot be selective."

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