Up to 180 jobs for Irish language professionals between now and the end of 2021. This is the announcement made last week by the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr Sean Kyne TD, Mr Rytis Martikonis, DG of Translation at the European Commission and Ms Sarah Rooney of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). A recruitment campaign for the first 62 Translator positions has just been launched and the rest will be progressively announced.
““It’s a stimulating time for the Irish-speaking community. The EU institutions are fully committed and will work in close partnership with Ireland in meeting the challenges ahead. These positions represent great professional and personal opportunities” stated Mr Rytis Martikonis, Director General of Translation at the European Commission. This is a clear link between the Irish language and job opportunities.
During the presentation, the Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, in charge of language issues in Ireland made a clear reference to the Irish language as a source of job opportunities. Often, school students have felt there were only very limited careers arising out of Irish language studies. This is a wonderful opportunity to pursue a rewarding international career and to raise the profile of our national language across Europe.”
Applications can be made via the recruitment website www.jobs.eu-careers.eu. The competition is open to university graduates, including those graduating this summer, with an excellent command of Irish and a thorough knowledge of at least two other official EU languages including English, French or German.