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 the provision of childcare and social services.
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.Early years education
A Naíonra is a playgroup run through Irish for children (aged 3-5 years). Children attend daily for 2-3 hours, under the guidance and supervision of a Stiúrthóir (Leader). Demand for Naíonraí places is increasing significantly, alongside the increased demand for Gaelscoileanna places.
Health and Social Care
Health professionals who have direct contact with patients may be required to deliver services through the medium of Irish. The HSE is committed to a process of developing Primary Care Teams (PCTs) which can provide services through Irish in the various Gaeltacht areas. To date, the primary care team in the Galway Gaeltacht has been set up and consists of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, public health nurses, social workers, a psychologist and a dentist, supported by four administrative staff.
The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) call centre in Waterford recruited two customer service personnel. Other posts in Gaeltacht areas for which Irish language competency is an essential requirement include:
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Psychologist, Physiotherapist, and GPs' secretaries.
What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
- Childcare worker
- Community Development Worker / Officer
- Nursery Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- Speech & Language Therapist
- Sports Development Officer
- Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup
- Teacher - Primary School
- Youth Worker