21 January 2006

Certificates for translators

Daily Ireland

by Ciarán O’Neill


The first ever accreditation system for Irish-English translators was launched in Dublin yesterday.
A panel of trained translators will be created through the initiative. They will be available to do translation work for organisations within the public and private sectors.
Foras na Gaeilge set up the new system at the request of Gaeltacht affairs minister Éamon Ó Cuív.
Established in 1999 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, Foras na Gaeilge is responsible for encouraging the use of the Irish language in the Republic and the North.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Foras na Gaeilge chief executive Seosamh Mac Donncha said linguistic challenges were increasing as the Irish language continued to evolve.
“The enactment of the Official Languages Act and the increased popularity experienced by the Irish language in recent times has placed a greater need for translators,” he said.
“This innovative accreditation system will ensure high standards in the translation industry while safeguarding the reputation of competent translators.
“The system is primarily for the benefit of individual translators and aims to make a panel of accredited translators available to the public sector.
“The system will ensure a professional translation service of the highest standard.”
Mr Mac Donncha said his organisation was delighted to be involved with this pioneering system for the Irish-English translation sector.
“The standard of translation is already high in Ireland, with the majority of translators being very dedicated to the language. An accreditation system will help ensure standards are met,” he said.
The new initiative will include an accreditation certificate. This will be awarded to translators who reach a level of excellence.
As a first step in testing the standard, an examination will be held in February 2006 and at regular intervals subsequently.
A panel of accredited translators will be established and will be available to the public and private sectors by May 2006.

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