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Representation in Ireland

Careers with Irish in the EU institutions

As the status of the Irish language has changed within the European Union, a diverse range of employment opportunities are available (and will continue to be available) for Irish speakers.  

Regulation 2015/2264 of the Council of the European Union determined that the Irish language would have full status as an official language of the EU by 2022 and that all legislation that is enacted in the EU would be translated into Irish from that date, as is already the case for the other 23 official languages.  It is for this reason that the EU institutions are recruiting more Irish-language staff.

Below you will find a brief outline of each of the different roles which exist and links to open competitions where available.  



Linguistic Assistant/Secretary

Linguistic assistants help to ensure that the work the translators do is produced on time and that it reaches the people who requested it.  In addition, they provide other administrative support to the linguistic unit – helping to organise activities, process administrative requests and supporting the Head of Unit.

Current and recent competitions:

Please see link to open call for applications for Secretaries/Clerks in any of the EU institutions (contract positions).

Alternatively, please send your CV to DGT-GA-EARCAIOCHT-EOLASatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (DGT-GA-EARCAIOCHT-EOLAS[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu.)


Lawyer-linguists ensure that a particular linguistic version of a law accurately reflects what was agreed and written in the original version so that an EU law is applied in the same way from one EU Member State to another. Lawyer-linguists must have a legal qualification.

Current and recent competitions:

The Court of Justice of the EU is currently looking for lawyer-linguists.
Closing date for application: 7 July 2023.

Information about the most recent interinstitutional competition for lawyer-linguists.


Proofreaders prepare documents for publication – they check the text and ensure that it is presented in the required format.

Current and recent competitions:

An interinstitutional competition for contract agents:
Closing date - none

The Publications Office of the European Union is looking for Language Editors to join its English and Irish language teams in Luxembourg.  For further information, contact liga [dot] ledinaatpublications [dot] europa [dot] eu (liga[dot]ledina[at]publications[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Seconded National Expert

The European Commission is seeking a national expert to spend a period on secondment to the Irish Language Department in the Directorate General for Translation. Applicants must be working in the Irish civil service or in the public sector (for example, in a university).

The deadline for applications is 18 December 2023.

For further information, please contact Aislinn [dot] MCCRORYatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Aislinn[dot]MCCRORY[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)


Translation traineeship in the EU institutions

Twice each year, the European Commission offers a five month internship for graduates.  Applicants can choose to apply specifically for a translation internship. Please note that, for this traineeship, applicants must be in a position to use three EU languages.  Registration takes place each summer for the March-July session and in January for the October-February session.

The European Parliament also offers translation traineeships. For information about other traineeships offered by the EU institutions, please visit the relevant section on ‘EU careers’ and use the drop down menu at the bottom of the page.

Irish Government internship for translators

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media calls for applications for an interinstitutional internship programme for Irish-speaking translators, proofreaders and interpreters each year.  The internships last for a period of 10 months, beginning on 1 October. Applicants are not required to have a third EU language. Further information about this year’s programme is available at this link.

Further information

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the recruitment service for the EU institutions.  It runs the competitions for all permanent and many temporary positions in the EU institutions.  See 'EU Careers' for further information, create an account and upload your EU CV.

In addition, the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs runs an EU Jobs campaign to increase awareness about the career opportunities available for Irish people in the EU institutions.  They can also be followed on social media @EUJobsIreland. The Government also supports candidates who have applied for permanent jobs in the EU institutions, providing information and advice for the duration of the competition.

The European Movement Ireland produces a ‘Green Book’ (updated annually) which details the internships and other job opportunities available for Irish graduates in Brussels.  In addition, the European Movement issues a weekly newsletter listing up to date career opportunities and open competitions.  You can subscribe to it at the following link: or follow the European Movement Ireland on social media.