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Irish translators needed to work for the European Commision at home and abroad

AISTRITHEOIRÍ: People who were told not to learn Irish but to do something more useful can now become highly-paid translators for the European Commission 
Robert McMillen

A new competition was announced today to employ translators with Irish at the European Commission – both in Ireland (Grange, Co. Meath) and in Brussels.  

The competition, which will be run by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) will aim to create a panel from which the European Commission can employ translators to work in the Irish Language Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Translation.  

The deadline for applications is midday 17 March 2020 (Brussels time).

Speaking about the new opportunities, Aislínn McCrory, Head of the European Commission’s Irish Language Unit said that the format of this competition “demonstrates that the European Commission and other EU institutions are working to find creative solutions, making every effort to ensure that there will be sufficient translators in place when the derogation relating to the status of the Irish language in the European Union is due to expire at the end of 2021.”

The successful Irish-language translators will be employed on Temporary Agent contracts at Grade AD 5 and will translate documents from English to Irish.

All candidates must be EU citizens, have a perfect knowledge of Irish, a thorough knowledge of English and a university degree of at least three years in any discipline.

All candidates are encouraged to set aside time to create their EPSO profiles, to read the instructions carefully and to proofread their final applications before the deadline of 17 March.

Regulation 2015/2264 of the Council of the European Union determined that the Irish language will have full status as an official language of the EU by 2022 and that all the legislation that is enacted in the EU will be translated into Irish from that date, as is already the case for the other 23 official languages.  

It is for this reason that the European Commission is recruiting more Irish-language staff.

:: For detailed information on the required qualifications, the selection procedure and how to apply, please visit   



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