CMAL launches Gaelic lan­guage plan

The Oban Times - - News -

CALE­DO­NIAN Mar­itime As­sets (CMAL) has out­lined plans to in­crease the use of the Gaelic lan­guage across its ports, har­bours and on­line plat­forms.

CMAL’s Gaelic lan­guage plan in­cludes a greater dis­play of Gaelic across the com­pany’s ports and har­bours, in­creased Gaelic mul­ti­me­dia con­tent on its web­site and even en­cour­ag­ing staff to learn the lan­guage.

Gaelic is widely spo­ken in the Western Isles com­mu­ni­ties that CMAL’s ser­vices cov­ers.

This is CMAL’s sec­ond it­er­a­tion of the five-year plan, which will run un­til 2021.

Kevin Hobbs, chief ex­ec­u­tive at CMAL, said: ‘ We be­lieve that where pos­si­ble we should en­deav­our to com­mu­ni­cate in the lan­guage of choice for our com­mu­ni­ties and see Gaelic as an in­te­gral part of this goal. We are striv­ing as a com­pany to bet­ter sup­port and pro­mote the Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture.’

Declan Mac­Don­ald, a na­tive Gaelic speaker who was re­cently em­ployed by CMAL as a grad­u­ate naval ar­chi­tect, said: ‘If Gaelic is to be re­vi­talised, it is im­por­tant that CMAL makes an ef­fort to en­hance its sta­tus and to en­cour­age its in­creased us­age.’

Bòrd na Gàidhlig cean­nard (chief ex­ec­u­tive) Shona MacLen­nan added: ‘Each year, the Scot­tish econ­omy is boosted by the in­vest­ment made by tourists trav­el­ling to Scot­land who show great in­ter­est in the Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture, and recog­nise it as an im­por­tant el­e­ment of Scot­tish iden­tity.’

The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment passed The Gaelic Lan­guage (Scot­land) Act 2005 with a view to se­cur­ing Gaelic as an of­fi­cial lan­guage of Scot­land. Pub­lic bod­ies in Scot­land are now re­quired to com­mand equal re­spect to English and Gaelic lan­guage plans.

The plan can be found on CMAL’s web­site http:// www. cmas­ us/ pub­li­ca­tions.

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