On December 15th I was delighted to welcome Minister Anne Rabbitte to the Seanad to take part in the Commencement Debate on the Irish Sign Language Act 2017. The Act represents many years of tough campaigning from the ISL community, and I was happy take up their fight in the Seanad .
The ISL Act awards rights to the 50,000 ISL users in Ireland and was only the 6th Bill passed by an opposition Senator. I look forward to continuing my work with Minister Rabbitte and others to promote the rights of ISL users and those of the Irish Deaf Community. I hope to see continued, and improved, use of the Irish Sign Language in both Houses of Government in the coming years.
A full transcript of the ISL Act 2017 can be found here: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2017/act/40/enacted/en/html