Gaelic speak­ers told to speak up

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SHE is one of only a hand­ful of politi­cians to have ad­dressed the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment en­tirely in Gaelic since the start of de­vo­lu­tion.

Now Kate Forbes has urged Gaelic speak­ers to use the lan­guage “loudly and no­tice­ably” when they are out in pub­lic – in a bid to boost its fu­ture.

She is­sued a pas­sion­ate ral­ly­ing cry as she ad­dressed Scot­land’s na­tional cen­tre for Gaelic lan­guage, cul­ture and the arts, Sab­hal Mor Os­taig, on the Isle of Skye.

The SNP MSP said: “Great progress has been made in the last few decades to se­cure the fu­ture of Gaelic, but we need to go fur­ther and faster.”

Ms Forbes, who rep­re­sents Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch, in­sisted Gaelic is alive and not just a “lan­guage of school”.

De­liv­er­ing the pres­ti­gious Oraid an t-sab­hail lec­ture, she added: “Peo­ple like me go through Gaelic medium ed­u­ca­tion – and we are com­fort­able us­ing Gaelic as a lan­guage of school. We can read, un­der­stand and write.

“But for Gaelic to pros­per it needs to be the lan­guage of our hearts and we need to hear it in many sit­u­a­tions and not just in school class­rooms.

“We need to have the con­fi­dence to use it loudly and no­tice­ably.

“Of course, we all know that – but there is still a ten­dency to feel stupid, or rude, or un­com­fort­able when we speak it in pub­lic.

“I know that in the Par­lia­ment, I could use Gaelic a lot more of­ten.”

„ Kate Forbes has urged Gaelic speak­ers to use the lan­guage ‘loudly and no­tice­ably’.

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