Irish Language Speakers Urged To Apply For EU Translator Posts

The Minister of State for Irish, the Gaeltacht and the Islands has strongly encouraged Irish language speakers to apply for the positions of Irish Translators in European Union Institutes through the CAST competition which is under the control of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).

In order to achieve a permanent position as a translator in any of the European Institutions, the individual must succeed in a particular competition which is organised for this purpose: often referred to as the 'EPSO' competitions. The European Personnel Selection Office organises other competitions for 'contract agents' – which are called CAST competitions.

Minister Seán Kyne, said: "This competition provides Irish language speakers with new opportunities for professional development and international travel.

"It is a great advantage that two languages e.g. Irish and English, suffice for applying for this competition. Those chosen shall have the opportunity to improve their skills in a third language also, whilst they are working in Europe. This is a good opportunity for individuals who wish to spend time working as translators in the European institutions, to fully experience advice and assistance from colleagues, as well as receiving regular feedback on their work.

"I would encourage Irish language speakers to consider applying for these positions which are very well paid."

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