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Brian Howard

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Department of Education and Skills

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Linguistic Assistants for Irish Translation in EU

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Linguistic Assistants for Irish Translation in EU

Friday, April 29, 2016 

Linguistic Assistants for Irish Translation in EU

There is currently an open competition for Linguistic Assistants with Irish language skills for job roles in the institutions of the European Union.

The European Union operates the single biggest translation service in the world. The Official Languages Act (2003), together with the recognition of Irish as an official working language of the Institutions of the EU means that there are increased opportunities for translators and interpreters. Irish became an official working language of the EU in 2007. There is now a steady demand for people who can translate into Irish as the deadling for full recognition of Irish as a working language approaches.

There is currently an open competition for Linguistic Assistants with Irish language skills.

Competition Details:


Reference number: EPSO/AST/137/16 - GA

Open for application: 28/04/2016

Deadline: 31/05/2016 - 12:00 (Brussels time)

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium) Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Institution/Agency: EU institutions

Type of contract: Permanent official

Before you decide if you want to apply for this selection procedure you should complete the following steps, which will allow you to reflect on your motivation for applying and on your chances of success in this selection.

1. Read the Notice of Competition and the General Rules governing Open Competitions to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements on the date you validate your application.

2. Complete the 'EU Career, My Career?' questionnaire to help you to determine whether a career in the EU institutions is for you.


  • You will need 30 minutes to complete the 'EU Career, My Career?' questionnaire. It is a self-evaluation tool to determine your suitability for an EU Career. It is not eliminatory.
  • Your results are not recorded or taken into account if you decide to proceed with your application. This test should help you to see whether you are likely to meet the high standards required of an EU official.
  • Should you encounter difficulties accessing and completing this questionnaire due to disability and/or any special needs, please contact EPSO's Candidate Contact Service.
  • Click here and select Gaeilge (Ga) to start the test

Learn more about EU Translators here and visit Irish Voices EU Careers to explore working in the EU in detail.

The CareersPortal Team