The threat to the future of Gaelic
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:02
What's the Gaelic for ''can of worms''? Because it's time to open one up by asking tough questions of the Gaelic lobby. Number one is why are we failing to save the language and failing badly in spite of massively increased resources?
In 1991, when the census figures revealed a drop in the number of Gaelic speakers from around 79,000 to 67,000, there was consternation. Government had to do more, it was said, to save the ancient language which held the key to understanding the hearts and minds, the songs and poems, of our Celtic forebears.
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'Fourteen into three won't go'
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:59
'See that building over there?" My guide points down the road to a white monolith whose large windows dominate the surrounding landscape. "That's the social work department. And, see, if you were a battered wife going in there to seek help, your man could stand here and see you going in and out and in every one o' they rooms. You'd get the hiding of your life when you came out. It's like a lot of things in Easterhouse, it's not very well thought out."
Residents of this sprawling Glasgow housing scheme, one of the most deprived in Europe, have their reasons for being sceptical of grand visions intended to improve their lives. But, in the case of a primary school reorganisation that is to shut 10 schools and four nurseries in the area, replacing them with three "campuses", they are less sceptical than actively angry.
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