14/07/2015: Series of Third-Level Courses sanctioned by the Minister of State under the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., announced today (14 July 2015) that the Review of the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative, which was being conducted by his Department in conjunction with the Higher Education Authority, has been completed. Under the revised initiative, a number of specialised courses in Irish will be offered by third-level institutions, aimed primarily at the requirements of the EU institutions for posts which demand a high standard of Irish. It is estimated that the various courses, which will be funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht over a period of 8 years, will incur a cost of €4.7m. The first series of courses will begin in the 2015/16 academic year.

The revised initiative is aimed at improving the success rate in EU recruitment competitions and at better equipping graduates for employment in the EU institutions. An increased focus on competence in three official EU languages will be an integral part of the new approach.

Announcing the new arrangements, the Minister of State said, “I am confident that the revised Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative will help to develop a strategic and coordinated approach within the third-level Irish language sector in accordance with the goals specified in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. A series of 15 specialised courses will be provided by 9 institutions and will give around 700 students the opportunity to gain qualifications at diploma, degree, higher diploma and masters levels over a period of 8 years. By implementing the recommendations of the review, graduates with Irish will have an improved opportunity of securing employment in the EU institutions.”

In addition, a Centre of Excellence for Careers in the European Union will be established for the first time in order to facilitate coordination between the various institutions taking part in the initiative. Under this new structure, led by NUIG and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, access will be provided to educators with expertise in EU recruitment requirements and the centre will serve as a point of contact for EU institutions wishing to employ people on temporary contracts.

Details of the courses being offered are as follows:


Course Institution
MA /Dioplóma Iarchéime: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge UCD
MA i nGaeilge agus Léann an DlíBCL (Dlí agus Gaeilge)LLB (Dlí-Theangeolaí) UCC
Léann an Aistriúcháin agus Fraincis trí GhaeilgeMA/Dioplóma Iarchéime (Léann Teanga)Dianchúrsa i gCruinneas sa Ghaeilge Scríofa agus Scileanna Aistriúcháin

MA/Dioplóma Iarchéime (Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála)

NUIG & Letterkenny Institute of Technology
MA/ Dioplóma Iarchéime (ar líne) san Aistriúchán agus san Eagarthóireacht National University of Ireland,  Maynooth
MA i Staidéar an Aistriúcháin DCU
MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach/Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach Dublin Institute of Technology
Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán Gaelchultúr / National College of Ireland
An tArd-Dioplóma sa Dlítheangeolaíocht agus san Aistriúchán DlíthiúilAn tArd-Dioplóma sa Dlí-Chleachtadh trí GhaeilgeAn tArd-Dioplóma san Aistriúchán Dlíthiúil King’s Inns



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