Highland Council to cut Royal National Mod funding
Highland Council has reduced the annual funding to the Royal National Mod despite acknowledging its cultural and economic importance to the region.
The corporate resources committee approved the cut of 6.7 per cent, or £2500 annually, to the Mod ahead of the end of its current service delivery contract with the council.
The move comes as Inverness is due to host next year’s Mod from October 9-17 along with others in 2024, 2028 and 2032.
Currently the local authority is supporting An Comunn Gàidhealach – which stages the event – with £40,000 annually.
That will now come down to £37,500 which some council officers believe could put the Mod's returning to Inverness or elsewhere in the Highlands in the future at risk.
In papers that were considered at the committee it was stated: “If future Royal National Mods do not receive the required financial and in-kind support from the Highland Council, this will have significant implications as to whether the Mod would be hosted in the Highlands, and given that the Highland Council is one of the main local authorities in Scotland which provides Gaelic medium education across the Highlands this would be a disappointment.”
However, Councillor Raymond Bremner, who is himself a Gaelic speaker and was convener of the local organising committee when the Mod came to Caithness in 2010, backed the change saying it would ultimately boost financial support for the event.
He argued that, currently, each Mod staged in the Highands is given £40,000“There is no way we can underestimate the fantastic contribution the Royal National Mod makes to the Highland economy or to Highland communities,” he said.
“When it came to Caithness in 2010 and the council funded it, it was a very successful Mod.
Currently the council funds the Mod to the tune of £40,000 every year in the three years prior to the event coming to the region.
Under the new arrangements it will get £37,5000 annually but spread over four years – totalling £150,000.