The Foundation of the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s has passed a motion asking its board of governors to remove the word “Royal” from its name.
Late last year, the college announced it had received a designation from the Queen allowing it to use royal as a prefix in its name.
The moved sparked a debate among members of the Gaelic community with many citing historical examples of the British Crown trying to eliminate Gaelic language and culture.
A yesterday’s meeting, Foundation members voted 45-23 to have the name change reversed.
Meanwhile, the acting chair of the Gaelic College Board of Governors, Kirk MacRae, says while the board is under no legal obligation to follow the foundation’s wishes, it will consider the motion that was passed during the meeting.
He adds the board will meet soon but no date has been set.