Being a trade union activist, I am aware of this issue- amongst the hundreds of issues that trade union members talk about re. their union and pay etc.
However, I do think it is significant.
Currently, Irish speakers can get a few extra marks in interviews for certain jobs because they can speak Irish. It is seen as a skill and a resource.
However, should there be any extra marks given for being an Irish speaker in the civil service?
Obviously, it is an advantage to have Irish and it should be taken into consideration, in my view.
The problem is that many civil servants view the system as corrupt- although the extra marks haven't really been given out much in the last decade (although this might change soon)- and there is, of course, the affect the marks have on dampening enthuasism for the Irish language.