There are many different sources of government funding in Ireland
The EU – Irish Language Learning Scheme for people aged between 12 and 40.
Awarding organisations such as CIE.
Formal education, for example from a local authority.
The European Communities’ fund (in the form of loans, grants etc)
National schemes such as Tachya: Irish for Teens.
The Irish Government has launched several language-led public services initiatives to meet the language needs of a growing population and to help improve language skills across the state. This includes Irish Teaching and Learning (ITLS) and the Irish Language Board’s ‘Schools for Irish’ initiative.
How long can I expect to be paid?
This is a very difficult question to answer. When you first apply to a new government department you might wonder what they pay on average per month for their jobs in Irish. In the UK, the average pay is about £5.20 per hour. This might seem low to you, and it might be if you are working in a place that’s already paying more per hour. However, there are some interesting things to be aware of if you work in Ireland – firstly it pays far more per hour than in the UK, and secondly it’s not a bad salary to start off at.
If you are working as a tutor in Irish – you get your salary as part of your contract. You are expected to pay this, and there is no minimum. However, for those working in the public sector, you will be expected to pay Irish Teaching Fees (TFP) to Irish Language Boards (LBCs) (these are the Irish language teaching institutions in each county in Ireland). This is calculated on a sliding scale and you would pay your TFP after every month of full-time teaching service – after 40 hours of teaching you will have to pay TFP at the rate of 9.5%. This means that you are effectively paying your TFP every month and will get that money in July each month.
In Ireland, in the case of someone who was employed on a short term contract for two months, this would give you 2.5% pay back per month for each month worked in Irish and a 2.5% repayment for the two months in service. This is around €800 – the same amount that you would pay in the UK at the time.
Some employers do pay part of their wage upfront but not all do. To