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.
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.
Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular, those which produce sophisticated and high value-added products and services, offering growth potential and the prospect of generating long-term sustainable employment. Economic activities in the Meath Gaeltacht area, for example, include Engineering and Food Manufacturing.
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What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
What types of courses might help?
The following are important strengths when looking for a job with Irish language skills
- A degree in any subject
- Excellent standard of Irish and English – both written and spoken
- A keen interest in the Irish language
- A knowledge of Irish language organisations.