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Praise for Island at BIC meeting

There's been high praise for the work which has been done to revive Manx Gaelic, and increase its use across the local community.

It came at the 13th British Irish Council summit, the main theme of which was the indigenous languages of the British Isles.

Delegates from other governments were impressed by the introduction of Manx Gaelic into business and social spheres.

And representatives from Guernsey said the example set by the Isle of Man had encouraged them to make greater strides to develop their own language.

Chief Minister Tony Brown, who led the Manx delegation, says the financial challenges faced by the Isle of Man and its near neighbours have made meetings of the British Irish Council more important than ever.

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