Inverclyde's Gaelic Language Plan
The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (the Act), passed by the Scottish Parliament, seeks to secure the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language.
The Act builds on existing measures to support the rights of Gaelic and other minoritised languages, including: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (1992); the Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (1992); Framework Convention of the Protection of National Minorities (1995); and clauses relating to Gaelic in education, media, civil courts and crofting legislation of the UK and Scottish Parliaments. Among other things, the Act requires Bòrd na Gàidhlig to prepare and submit to the Scottish Ministers a National Gaelic Language Plan.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig can request that a public authority publish a Gaelic Language Plan and they have requested that Inverclyde Council do so.
Inverclyde Council recognises Gaelic as an official language of Scotland and accords English and Gaelic equal respect.
You can view the Council's Gaelic Language Plan by clicking the link in the Documents section of this page.
This page also features a number of links if you want to know more about Gaelic. Inverclyde Council's Community Learning and Development service support free Gaelic Language Classes which are held locally.