Friday October 30, 2020

‘Gaeilgeoir’ recruits to public service need not be fluent

Act to boost public services through Irish requires one-fifth of new public servants to speak Irish, but not all to the same level

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

11th October, 2020
Applicants will be tested under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an internationally recognised system for establishing competency in a language.

Not all Irish speakers recruited to the public service under a new “20 per cent” rule will need to be fluent in the language, it has been confirmed.

The Official Languages (Amendment) Bill was first published last year as part of a drive to increase and improve the provision of public services through the Irish language.

The act was accused, however, of being too vague in its targets by campaigners, with many criticising the...

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