Gaelic speakers told to speak up
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’.