Irish fail to meet standard for EU translator posts

The low success rate can be partly explained by the fact that EU translators need to be fluent in three European languages, not just Irish and English

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
18th August, 2019

Fewer than one in ten of the Irish language translators who applied for jobs with the EU managed to pass the demanding entrance exam.

The government launched a recruitment campaign for Irish speakers in July last year because Irish is due to become a full working language of the European Union by 2022.

Only 15 of the 190 applicants were offered the roles, which come with a starting salary of almost €53,000 plus relocation allowances.

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