Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan earlier today took part in a ceremony in Edinburgh to mark the final handover of funds from Club Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal.

The club was founded in 1987 by Sir Iain Noble. It brought together figures from the business world, many of them from the Western Isles, with the aim of helping young Gaels in their chosen careers. The club took the decision in 2015 that the best way of continuing the work of the club was to transfer the remaining funds to another Gaelic organisation.

£83,000 has therefore been donated to Urras Brosnachadh na Gàidhlig (Gaelic Language Promotion Trust), an organisation dedicated to encourage and promote the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language.

 Alasdair Allan commented:

“It was great to be able to take part in this ceremony earlier today.

“Urras Brosnachadh na Gàidhlig have been instrumental in supporting the teaching and preservation of the Gaelic language and I’m pleased they have these additional funds to keep up their good work.

“While it is unfortunate that Club Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal is not able to continue, we can take encouragement from the large amount of bodies dedicated to the development of the Gaelic language, compared to when they were first established back in the eighties. Both organisations should take credit for their part in achieving that progress”