postgrad as Gaeilge

Make yourself employable with a postgrad as Gaeilge – Job prospects for gaeilgeoirí boosted by Languages Act and EU recognition of Irish along with Government pledge on public service  writes Áine McMahon on – here’s her advice:

Irish universities offer a range of options for those wishing to take postgraduate courses through Irish. New employment opportunities have emerged in recent years for graduates with skills in the language, especially since the introduction of the Official Languages Act 2003 and the recognition of Irish as an official working language in the European Union.

Students seeking to study through Irish are attracted by the prospect of well-paid jobs interpreting and translating texts and legislation into Irish in the EU’s institutions, mainly in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

In an interview in February with TG4 for Election 2016, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he favoured a higher level of recruitment of Irish speakers to ensure that people could conduct business in Irish. Currently, State bodies, including Government departments, are obliged to include no less than 6 per cent Irish speakers on panels. One-fifth of places on public service application panels will be filled by people able to speak Irish fluently, the Taoiseach has pledged.

Author: Francis O' Toole

Francis O' Toole is a Educational Psychotherapist & Guidance Counsellor. I set up this blog page to help students gain as much information as possible to be able to make right choices and decisions regarding their career options. I believe that we will be very successful in our careers if we follow what we enjoy.

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