RENFREWSHIRE residents have been asked for their views on a plan to promote the Gaelic language in the area throughout the next five years.

A consultation has been launched on a draft plan that demonstrates actions the council will take in supporting the language and recognising it as an official language of Scotland.

The local authority has vowed to “lead by example” in the 22-page document and work with others to develop its Gaelic offer.

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It has set out key priorities which include increasing the use of the language within its organisation and boosting the opportunity for people to learn it as part of day-to-day operations, as well as promoting a positive image of Gaelic whenever it can on a daily basis.

People have been asked what would make the biggest difference for those who speak the language and others interested in it.

Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Gaelic is an important part of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

“Paisley was once home to a community of Gaelic weavers and recently we welcomed the first of hopefully many more children who go to our new Gaelic class at West Primary.

“The feedback we get from residents will help us develop how we support and promote Gaelic across the area.

“I would encourage everyone to have their say so we can continue to spread this wonderful language across Renfrewshire.”

As part of delivering a cultural events programme that showcases the history and heritage of the area, the council’s events team wants to include Gaelic where possible, for example as part of the Spree music festival in Paisley. 

Additionally, the Royal National Mòd is returning to Paisley next year, a decade on from when it was first held in the town.

A draft of the Gaelic Language Plan for 2022-27 is available in both English and Gaelic on the council’s website.

Residents can share their views on it via an online survey until Sunday, September 25.