There are many small and medium-sized businesses involved in the provision of goods or services, who conduct their business solely through Irish, particularly in Gaeltacht areas. Examples include legal services among others.
It is important to the Irish-language community to be able to do business in their language of choice. Companies that deal mainly in English may hire a bilingual member of staff to enable them to offer services to Irish language speakers.
Companies tend to recruit staff with qualifications, experience and technical skills relevant to their business. In addition to the required skillset, fluency in Irish is valuable to companies targeting the Irish language community.
The Official Languages Act provides that a person has the right to be heard and to use the Irish language in the courts. Irish is recognised as the first official language in Article 8 of the Constitution but allows the legislature to make provision for the exclusive use of Irish or English in a particular context.
Barristers with Irish make up a significant proportion of the Bar Council. There are over 155 registered as having fluent, or a working knowledge of, Irish. Foras naGaeilge says that there are 182 Barristers who have registered to say they can provide a service in Irish. A great number of Solicitors use Irish in their work too. There are around 53 solicitors on the Law Society of Ireland’s Irish language register.
A recent ad on Peig.ie was seeking Professional translators, holding a master’s degree in translation studies, who work with Irish as a target language for a new project aimed at the simplification of specifically legal documents.
What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
What types of courses might help?
- CK304 | Law and Irish - University College Cork - UCC
- DN600 LIH | Law with Irish - University College Dublin - UCD
- LY207 IRI | Law with Irish - Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT
Where to go for further Information
- Fiontar at DCU (Fiontar is Irish for venture) is an interdisciplinary school established in 1993 to link the Irish language with contemporary finance, computing and enterprise, through courses taught in Irish.