Organised by Iomairt Chaluim Chille, students from Scotland and Ireland came together
to debate issues affecting young people in the two Gàidhealtachds. It was very
successful and although I was a student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, I wasn't involved
in the Parliament itself.
This year in March the second Parliament took place in Derry, Northern Ireland. Called theYouth Parliament, and though I might not be so youthful now, I was there.
There were two official debates over two days: "Is the soul of Gaelic for sale?" and "The place of the Gaelic community in the future". This was a chance for the youth of both Gàidhealtachd areas to raise their views but, more than that, it was a chance for the people of Scotland and Ireland (north and south) to strengthen the links between them. In my opinion, this was the most important aspect of the Parliament and it's clear to me now that there is more that brings us together than keeps us apart.