– Senator issues warning as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week –
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called on the government to ensure that it is fully prepared to enact all elements of the Irish Sign Language Bill 2016.
The Bill, gives legal recognition to Irish Sign Language and places a requirement on State agencies to devise and implement an action plan to promote the use of sign language within the organisation. It also requires TV broadcasters to provide a subtitling service, and interpreting services for students must also be provided by the State.
Senator Daly said, “It is appropriate that as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week, the government and all Departments ensure that they fully understand and commit to the provisions within the Bill.
“This legislation was deaf led and was passed thanks to the hard work, dedication and determination of members of the Deaf community and the Irish Deaf Society. We cannot allow this to become a merely symbolic Bill; the provisions contained in it give members of the Deaf community a real opportunity to play a full part in Irish Society through their first language”.
The Irish Sign Language Bill was passed in December 2017 and signed into Law by President Higgins on Christmas Eve.