(388)  GAELIC LANGUAGE BILL INTRODUCED

 

The long-anticipated Gaelic Language Bill (see Nos 174, 200, 201, 204, 223, 228, 230, 270, 345) was published on 28 September 2004.  The Bill gives Gaelic official recognition and requires all public bodies to have a Gaelic language policy.   Almost simultaneously, Prince Charles proclaimed his support for Gaelic on a visit to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye, noting that If Gaelic dies in Scotland, it dies in the world. … The miracle is that Gaelic has survived at all.  Cynics might say that his family should have told him before.

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