Arthur Cormack has resigned from his position as Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Mr Cormack has written to the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Alasdair Allan MSP explaining his reasons for resigning.
In his letter he said: ”I am relinquishing my post having been off work for some time and concluding that I cannot continue to do everything I have been doing between Bòrd duties and my daily work. I want to thank the members and officers of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Ministers and government officials who supported me in my role. I wish the Scottish Government every success in all its efforts to promote Gaelic as I do to Bòrd na Gàidhlig and a new cathraiche in the future.”
Dr Allan said: “It is with regret that I have accepted Arthur Cormack’s resignation as Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig on personal grounds. The Scottish Government have been pleased with the progress made by Bòrd na Gàidhlig to grow the Gaelic language and without Arthur’s tireless commitment and strong support to his team this would not have been possible.
“I would like to personally thank Arthur for his work over the past three years and wish him well in all his future endeavours.
“Elizabeth McAtear has been appointed by the Bòrd as interim Chair. An important next step will be to begin the full recruitment process for a replacement Chair as soon as possible.”
Elizabeth McAtear has been unanimously selected by colleagues on the Bòrd to fill the Cathraiche post until a permanent successor is appointed. Iain Campbell has been selected as Vice Chair. Bòrd na Gàidhlig interim Cathraiche (Chair) Elizabeth McAtear said:
“We greatly regret that Arthur Cormack has decided to leave his position as Cathraiche of Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Since his appointment to the Bòrd in 2007 he has been unfaltering in his commitment and determination for the development and growth of the Gaelic language. As Cathraiche over the past three years he has carried a huge workload combining his daily job with his Bòrd na Gàidhlig role.
“Arthur has been integral to the creation of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2012 - 2017 and leaves the Bòrd with a strong plan that will guide us and others through the next 5 years. On behalf of the Bòrd I would like to wish him very well for the future.
“It is an honour for me to take up this position as interim Cathraiche, and I am very grateful to Iain Campbell for agreeing to support me in his role as Vice Chair. The Bòrd will now move forward to continue fulfil our responsibilities.”