Local News for Friday 13th May 2016
Allan sworn in
Isles MSP Alasdair Allan was sworn in for his third term representing the Western Isles at Holyrood yesterday, taking the oath, as before, in Gaelic. Along with his SNP colleagues, Dr Allan wore the white rose of Scotland, worn by SNP members as they are sworn in at Holyrood since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999. Dr Allan said: “It’s good to be back at work again, and there is no shortage of things to do in my in tray. I am looking forward to getting back to work representing the isles in Holyrood and helping to take forward the SNP’s ambitious manifesto for a fairer and more equal Scotland.” Dr Allan was one of several MSPs to take the oath in Gaelic – there were also oaths taken in Scots, Doric and Urdu, which Dr Allan said reflected the diversity of the Parliament and of Scotland itself.
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Local News for Wednesday 11th May 2016
Calling all pipers
The deadline for pipers wishing to compete in October’s Royal National Mòd is closer than you think, on Friday 8th July. The Mòd’s to be held in the Western Isles for the sixth time this year, and junior and senior piping competitions will take place at Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula on Saturday 15th October. Pauline Craib, secretary for the Uist and Barra Piping group said, “Uist has a proud piping history and there is a wealth of talented young pipers throughout the islands, so it is fitting that the Mòd 2016 piping competitions return here.” Both senior and juniors entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 8th July 2016 and entries can be submitted online at: www.ancomunn.co.uk An entry form can also be downloaded from the website and entered by post.
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