Local News for Thursday 15th November 2018
ALASDAIR ALLAN HOSTS UIST FERRIES SUMMIT
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently chaired a Ferries Summit in Benbecula. The islands MSP organised the summit to discuss the significant disruption and timetable changes ferry services for Uist have experienced over the course of the last year.
The Scottish Government Minister with portfolio responsibility for ferries and islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and the Managing Directors of Calmac and CMAL were in attendance along with agencies such as HITRANs, HIE and Transport Scotland, community and business representatives, and local councillors.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘With the financial constraints the Scottish Government faces as a result a budget cut of nearly £2 billion since 2010 by the UK Government, it is important that we make the best possible case that we can for further funding and investment in ferries services. I think the summit has certainly strengthened that case.’
Read more: Local News for Thursday 15th November 2018
Local News for Tuesday 6th November 2018
SCHOOLS IN ISLES TO GET COPY OF NEW IOLAIRE BOOK
As part of the Dìleab (Legacy) project, all schools in the Western Isles will be gifted a signed copy of the new Acair publication, The Darkest Hour, which is the most comprehensive account to date of the Iolaire tragedy.
The book, which was written by Malcolm Macdonald, Chairman of Stornoway Historical Society, and the late Donald John MacLeod.
The book is the result of 20 years of research by the authors and contains many personal stories connected to the Iolaire.
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘We are very pleased to gift a signed copy of this wonderful book to all schools throughout the Western Isles. We felt that it was a very appropriate thing to do, particularly given that our schools have been involved in projects relating to World War I this year, working alongside the Comhairle’s Multimedia Team.’
The Darkest Dawn: The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy is available now from www.acairbooks.com
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 6th November 2018