Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Bunscoill Ghaelgagh la Isle of Man Today:

A Scottish Government minister visited the Isle of Man this week to build links between the two parliaments.

Linda Fabiani, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, paid a flying visit and met Chief Minister Tony Brown and MHKs.

She is the first member of the Scottish Parliament to make an official visit to the Isle of Man.

During the trip Ms Fabiani was given a tour of Tynwald and learned more about the history of the Island and its government.

Ms Fabiani also took time to visit the
Bunscoill Ghaelgagh Manx language school in St John's.

'We are very keen to create links with governments in other parts of the UK and beyond,' said Ms Fabiani at the start of her visit to the Island on Tuesday.

'The Isle of Man has a very special relationship with Scotland because of our joint Celtic heritage, so I was very keen to get over here.

'There's an obvious cultural link that I would like to see recognised more, there's a lot we can learn from each other.'

She added: 'I'm fascinated by Tynwald so I'm really looking forward to learning more about that.

'I'm also looking forward to going to the Manx language school as language is something else shared by Scotland and the Isle of Man….

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