Irish speakers in Galway are being urged to apply for the recently announced positions of 72 Irish translators needed for work at the European Union.
The translators are needed to work in Brussels and Luxembourg, translating all meetings and official materials produced by the EU into Irish.
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Language Joe McHugh urged Irish speakers to take this opportunity, “These positions offer extensive opportunities for career growth and international travel for Irish speakers.”
“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.”
Galway is home to the largest gaeltacht in Ireland and still has a large number of native Irish speakers.
The competition for the 72 translator positions open is being held by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
Applications are open until this Thursday, September 20 and can be made through the recruitment website here.
While applicants don’t need to have a degree in Irish or Translation, they are required to be a university graduate who is deeply knowledgeable about Irish.
They must also have a strong understanding of at least two other EU languages, including English, French, or German.
Minister McHugh said the translators would 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 salary scale for the translator positions will be between €4,707 and €5,326 a month.
“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,” said Minister McHugh.