Up to 180 jobs for Irish language speakers from acorss the country, including Kerry, are to become available in the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg between now and the end of 2021.
Irish was recognised as an official and working language of the European Union in 2007 and since then, a derogation on the level of Irish language services to be provided has been in place.
Kerry’s Gaeltacht has two areas – Corca Dhuibhne and Uíbh Ráthach, and nearly nine per cent of the total Gaeltacht population in the country lives in the Kerry Gaeltacht.
In December 2015, the European Council adopted a regulation aimed at ending the derogation by the end of 2021.
EU institutions are now preparing to gradually provide Irish language services at the same level as those provided for the other official languages of the EU.
With this in mind a competition to recruit Irish language translators has opened.
The competition is to fill up to 62 positions for Irish-speaking linguists based in Brussels and Luxembourg – and will close on July 12th.
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.
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.
Applications can be made via the recruitment website www.jobs.eu-careers.eu.