The cuts to the Irish Deaf Society led to the closure of the National Deaf Advocacy Service

I am also concerned about another issue raised by Senator O’Donovan, namely, the cuts to the advocacy service for members of the deaf community. A number of us received leaflets on the subject as we entered Leinster House this morning. There is nothing more ironic than a Government cutting funding for a service that speaks for people who cannot speak for themselves. They were told in an e-mail that their appeal would be heard by telephone. That is the equivalent of asking an illiterate person to make an appeal in writing. This issue needs to be debated. I am disappointed we did not debate it yesterday because the Members opposite were unable to support our amendment to the Order of Business. I ask them to reconsider in order that we can arrange a debate next week on the cuts to funding.

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