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Gaelic language plan for Glasgow

Gaelic station sign
The council hopes that by 2020 Gaelic signs will be prominent in Glasgow

A three-year action plan to increase the use of Gaelic throughout Glasgow is being launched by the city council.

The strategy will be unveiled at the first board meeting in Glasgow of Gaelic agency, Bord na Gaidhlig.

It will see the opening of a second Gaelic school in the city as well as wider use of the language on signs and official council communications.

Councils are legally obliged to prepare a Gaelic Language Plan under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

Glasgow City Councillor Aileen Colleran said: "We have a vision for Gaelic in our city and this plan sets it out.

There are many other towns and cities and local authorities which would do well to follow the example of Glasgow
Arthur Cormack
Bord na Gaidhlig

"By 2020, the place of Gaelic will be obvious to all. We'll see it around us - in our buildings, on our streets and in our shops - we'll hear it in conversations, in our schools and in the media.

"Our young people will be speaking it in Buchanan Street without feeling self conscious about it and people will recognise the language as Gaelic."

Bord na Gaidhlig works to promote Gaelic and improve the status of the language in partnership with the Scottish government.

Arthur Cormack of Bord na Gaidhlig said: "Gaelic has a very special place in the history of Glasgow - often known simply as Baile Mor nan Gaidheal - the Big City of the Gaels.

"I am delighted that Glasgow City Council is being so supportive of Gaelic and mindful both of the historical context and the potentially significant advantages of being involved in Gaelic development.

"There are many other towns and cities and local authorities which would do well to follow the example of Glasgow."

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