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Gaelic could be included on Dumfries road signs

What the new signs could look like... Credit: ITV News

Proposals to include the Gaelic language on signs welcoming drivers to Dumfries and Galloway will go before councillors next week.

The idea has been suggested by a group of Gaelic speakers who want the region to champion its heritage.

  • Report by Dumfries & Galloway reporter, Lewis Warner

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Under this proposal the 20 signs would only be replaced as part of a routine maintenance programme or if they get damaged. So, in theory, it won't cost any more money.

Gaelic Statistics

According to the 2011 Census, 87,100 people aged 3 and over in Scotland had some Gaelic language skills that are just 1.7% of the population.

  • Of these 87,100 people:32,400 (37%) had full skills in Gaelic, that is could understand, speak, read and write Gaelic;
  • 57,600 (66%) could speak Gaelic;
  • 6,100 (7%) were able to read and/or write but not speak Gaelic; and
  • 23,400 (27%) were able to understand Gaelic but could not speak, read or write it.

The Communities Committee at Dumfries & Galloway Council is set to vote on the proposals on Tuesday.