Scottish Parliament Launches Celtic Language Plan - Minister urges Equality with English

The Scottish Parliament launched its second Gaelic Language Plan at a reception on May 15, 2013.

The Gaelic Development Minister for the Scottish Government, Dr. Alasdair MacCaluim, was quoted by the Governments website urging that Gaelic enjoy equal status with English: "I am pleased to introduce our latest Gaelic Language Plan as it demonstrates the Scottish Parliament Corporate  Body's ongoing commitment to Gaelic, and to the principle that Gaelic should be given equal respect with English, as set out in the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act."

The "Overview of the National Gaelic Language Plan" identifies four key objectives: (1) Enabling people to develop speaking, reading and writing skills in Gaelic, (2) Enabling the use of Gaelic in a range of social formal and work settings, (3) Expanding visibility, audibility, recognition and respect for Gaelic, and (4) Developing the quality, consistency and richness of the Gaelic language.