Cothrom na Fèinne – a fair chance on the Scottish Parliament website
In the context of the climate crisis, seeking ecological balance must be a just and fair process that acknowledges and understands the profound interrelationship between land, all living things, people, language and culture (see biolinguistic diversity).
The phrase Cothrom na Fèinne means ‘a fair hearing’ or ‘fair chance’. The phrase na Fèinne means ‘of the Fingalians’. The Fingalians were a mythological band of roving warriors led by a hero called Fingal (or in Gaelic, Fionn). Tales of their adventures were once very popular in Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland and Ireland, surviving in the oral tradition to be recorded in the 20th century. In this context, the phrase means a chance of a fair fight in battle.