As rapporteur of the report into the status and treatment of the national anthem by the Seanad Public Consultation Committee, Senator Mark Daly asked members of the deaf community to perform the first ever official Irish National Anthem in Irish Sign Language in Leinster House on in August 2018.
This is a major step in the right direction for the Irish deaf community. Our National Anthem should be inclusive, not inclusive, and having an ISL version that can be used at public occasions ensures the equal treatment of our fellow citizens who are deaf or hearing impaired. For far too long, our deaf community were pushed to the side-lines of major public occasions. Ireland is an inclusive, welcoming and positive country and this move forward with one of our national symbols proves that.