Irish has been recognised as one of the official languages of the European Union since 2007 – but until now it has not been given the same importance as other official languages. In December 2015, the European Council adopted a regulation aimed at ending the derogation of the Irish language by the end of 2021. This means that several EU institutions are now preparing to provide Irish language services at the same level as those provided for the other official languages of the EU.
It is estimated there will be up to 180 jobs created for Irish speakers in the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg between now and the end of 2021.
Recruitment has just begun for the first 62 Translator jobs in Brussels and Luxembourg – and it closes on July 12th.
Applications can be made via www.jobs.eu-careers.eu. The jobs are 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. The salary scale for the positions starts at €4,384 per month. Successful candidates may also qualify for additional allowances depending on their personal circumstances.