Gaelic learners’ group is to close
GAELIC learners’ association Clì Gàidhlig is to fold.
At the group’s annual meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday, members voted to support a special resolution to dissolve Clì.
Members also supported a motion to send a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for MSPs to conduct an inquiry into Gaelic development in Scotland.
Clì chairwoman Rachel Alcorn said: ‘It is with sadness that the management committee have made this recommendation to members, because of the lack of finance arising from Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s decisions to withhold funding from us.
‘I would like to thank those who worked for Clì over the years and those who were members. They did so much for the cause of Gaelic and Gaelic learners.’
In a statement on Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s website regarding the closure of Clì Gàidhlig, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), Shona MacLennan said: ‘Up until March 2016 the Bòrd funded Clì to deliver different projects to support Gaelic learning. Prior to the end of the funding agreement, Clì was one of the members on a working group to create a new learners’ strategy for adults. The strategy looks to grow and develop the numbers of adults learning Gaelic in Scotland over a seven-year period in partnership with MG ALBA, local authorities and others. Following the creation of the strategy, Clì made no approach for further funding to deliver on any aspects within the new strategy even after the Bòrd made it clear they were more than welcome to do so.
‘It is disappointing that Clì Gàidhlig have come to this decision.
‘Bòrd na Gàidhlig is committed to supporting Gaelic learners and increasing the opportunities to learn the language.’