The e-Sgoil building in Stornoway was the setting for the first two rounds of the National Gaelic Schools' Debate, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday the 7th and 8th of November.  The judges; Iain Stephen Morrison, Christina Walker and Angus MacDonald, certainly had their work cut out whittling sixteen teams down to four.  The four teams who have reached the semi-final stages of this year's competition are: The Nicolson Institute A, Gairloch High School, Lochaber High School and Glasgow Gaelic School.

The first semi-final draw sees Glasgow Gaelic School battle against Lochaber High School with their topic being "Too much recognition is given to sport in this country."  In the second debate of the evening the Nicolson Institute A will face Gairloch High School to debate "We have to assume that detailed information about us keeps us safe and healthy in today's world."   

"The winner of Debate A will face the winner of Debate B in the final on the topic "Glasgow should be named as Scotland's capital city instead of Edinburgh."

The semi-finals will be held at the BBC's Pacific Quay building in Glasgow on Tuesday the 28th November 2017 at 6:30pm .  The Final will be held the following evening in the Scottish Parliament and will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.