The dates for a series of community conversations on Gaelic’s future as a community language in the Outer Hebrides have been announced by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan.

Meetings for Tiree and Staffin, Isle of Skye, are being organised by Michael Russell MSP and Kate Forbes MSP.

The meetings, due to take place virtually in November, are in response to the recent publication of research suggesting that the Gaelic language could soon cease to be a spoken language in the communities of the Western Isles.

Alasdair Allan MSP is working with the Soillse research team and a cross-party representation of MSPs including Donald Cameron, John Finnie and Rhoda Grant.

Along with the conversations, a call for written submissions has also been launched. Please visit www.alasdairallan.scot for more information including dates and registration.

As well as discussions about Gaelic usage in the home and community, the meetings will also gauge opinion on whether any different structures are needed to coordinate and drive forward local development actions under the direct control of the Gaelic-speaking community.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“I am happy to launch these conversations on the future of Gaelic in the Western Isles and hope that they highlight viable initiatives which will support Gaelic in its island communities.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, meetings will now be held virtually, organised according to geography. The meetings will discuss important issues, such as how people view the future of the language, what challenges and barriers people face using Gaelic in the home and community, and whether a Gaelic community cooperative should be established.

“I have confidence that this will allow for a useful discussion and hope that all those who wish take part in these meetings are able to do so. If for whatever reason someone is unable to attend a meeting, they have the option to submit a written opinion on my website.”

Meeting dates and areas covered.

West Side & Ness

6/11/20, 7pm

Stornoway & Broad Bay

7/11/20, 3pm

Uig, Carloway, Lochs & Pàirc

7/11/20, 7pm

Harris

9/11/20, 7pm

North Uist & Benbecula

13/11/20, 7pm

South Uist

14/11/20, 7pm

Barra

16/11/20, 7pm

Due to COVID-19 government public health guidelines, all meetings will be delivered through Zoom.