Friday, July 19, 2019
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A Highland MSP has welcomed a series of Scottish Government funding announcements that were made at the official opening of the 2017 Royal National Mòd in Fort William.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney pledged £20k per annum for the Mòd in addition to £35k for various projects, as well as £50k for the popular BBC Alba series Bannan and £30k for Spòrs Gaidhlig.

Kate Forbes MSP, who officially opening the Mòd on Friday evening (13 October), is chair of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Gaelic.

She said: "The opening night of the Mòd was a great showcase of Gaelic talent, with music and speeches.

"But whilst songs and literature often highlight the glory days of Gaeldom's past, it's the future that is of most urgency and so it was great to hear the Deputy First Minister John Swinney announce a series of funding commitments.

"That is real practical help that will go a lot further to protecting the future of the language."

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch continued: "I'm particularly pleased that the Scottish Government is going to become a core funder of the Mòd to the tune of £20,000 per annum and that is on top of £35,000 for various projects.

"I also welcome £50,000 for Bannan, which is opening new opportunities for Gaelic actors and actresses, as well as providing top quality entertainment for so many viewers.

"It is so easy to talk about supporting Gaelic - in fact all the parties do that.

"It means a lot more when it is backed up with tangible financial contributions to projects and initiatives."

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