Launch of Business Plan by Linda Fabiani,MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture

The Business Plan for Faclair na Gàidhlig was launched on 3 July by Linda Fabiani, MSP, Minister for Europe External Affairs and Culture. In launching the plan at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, she said,
"I welcome the launch of this Business Plan. This Government is committed to ensuring a successful future for Gaelic in Scotland. This historical dictionary will be a valuable resource not only to the general public but to the Education, Arts and Broadcasting communities.”
"The First Minister was pleased to announce the additional support for this project on 11 April and I would like to wish it continued success as we build a sustainable future for Gaelic.”

Boyd Robertson, of the University of Strathclyde, Convener of the Steering Committee for Faclair na Gàidhlig, in welcoming everyone to the launch said,
“The production of Faclair na Gàidhlig is a long cherished aspiration of the Gaelic community and is a project that will enhance the status of the language and help to secure its future. It will give Gaelic a vital linguistic and cultural resource which other minority languages across Europe already enjoy and it will provide Scotland with a national asset of comparable importance to the great art collections that adorn our major galleries”.

As the current foundational project draws to a close, the Faclair na Gàidhlig Business Plan now sets out very clearly and strongly the case for a long term funding strategy to be put in place to ensure the continuation of this critically important national initiative. Such investment will provide the solid cornerstone on which Scotland can secure the status of the language and build a sustainable basis to support the growth of language usage in our communities, schools, centres and bodies of higher and further education and in the home and workplace.
Kenneth Murray, Chief Executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig said,
“This is a groundbreaking initiative that will add much to the ongoing development of the Gaelic language. Bòrd na Gàidhlig has supported Faclair na Gàidhlig for a number of years and the project complements the National Plan for Gaelic and its aim to grow the number of speakers across Scotland. The language, will benefit enormously from this excellent project and we are delighted to offer our continued support for it.”

Donnie Munro, SMO Director of Development, added,
“Sabhal Mòr is delighted to be involved in this important partnership project and particularly pleased to welcome Faclair na Gàidhlig to its new base within Fàs. This project is critical to the development of the language and culture and adds to the critical mass of complementary and related projects and initiatives now based within the new centre”.
Photo from left: Boyd Robertson, University of Strathclyde, Convener of the Steering Committee for Faclair na Gàidhlig, Linda Fabiani, MSP, Minister for Europe External Affairs and Culture and Lorna Pike, Project Co-ordinator Faclair na Gàidhlig.