14/09/18

EPSO Competition for Irish language Translators

Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has today (14th September 2018) urged Irish speakers to apply for the recently announced positions as Irish language translators for the institutions of the European Union.

“These positions offer extensive opportunities for career growth and international travel for Irish speakers,” Minister McHugh said.

“With our language gaining official status and becoming a working language of the EU, this recruitment drive affords Irish speakers a unique opportunity to work, live and build a career right at the centre of Europe.”

Minister McHugh said: “Candidates for these positions do not have to have a degree in Irish or translation studies. I am, therefore, urging Irish speaking graduates, from all academic disciplines, to consider what’s on offer in Brussels and Luxembourg”.

“The right candidates could be positioning themselves right at the heart of the EU. They will be helping to promote a better understanding of what the European institutions do and, at the same time, taking pride in the knowledge that every piece of work done by them  helps to protect and promote our national language”.

“The demand is there for the Irish language and these 72 jobs provide excellent career and life opportunities, so I am urging graduates to give it a shot.  These positions might also suit Irish speaking parents whose families have been reared and who may be seeking a new challenge later in life.”

Applications will now be accepted until Thursday, 20 September 2018.

Minister McHugh issued the call for applications as the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched a social media campaign around the recruitment drive.

The video can be viewed here.

This competition is being held by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office) to fill, up to 72 positions for Irish language translators in the Institutions of the European Union. The positions, for which the salary scale starts at €4,707 per month and rises to €5,326, are located in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Applications for the recruitment competitions may be made on the recruitment website www.jobs.eu-careers.eu. The competition is open to university graduates, including those who will receive their degree in 2018, who have an excellent knowledge of Irish and a thorough understanding of at least two other official EU languages, including English, French or German.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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