Gaelic Facebook “waste of money”

By Rory Reynolds

A GOVERNMENT-backed ‘Gaelic Facebook’ that received £250,000 in taxpayers cash has attracted just 1,500 members.

MyGaelic.com, a social networking site launched by culture minister Linda Fabiani last year, has cost the public purse a staggering £156 per member.

The site, which also allows users to “keep up to-date with all Gaelic goings on with news and reviews” has been branded a waste of public money after just 1,574 users signed up, despite almost 60,000 people in Scotland speaking the ancient tongue.

And just 1,500 watched the 12 films on its video website, MyGaelicTube.

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