The Irish Deaf Society wish to share the news good to all. Senator Mark Daly has informed IDS that
“Members of both Houses of the Oireachtas [Dail Eireann and Seanad Eireann] can now hire recognised sign language interpreters for their clinics.
Could you please pass on this information to both members of the Deaf community and qualified Sign Language interpreters”.
Clinics are TD offices in your own area. This means Deaf people can meet and talk to members of Senate or Dáil TD’s with an interpreter.
The TD or Senator can claim the interpreter’s costs from the Irish Government.
Many interpreters in the Cork / wider Munster area have joined the Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI). This is the professional body representing sign language interpreters in Ireland. Their AGM will be held on 19 May in the Dublin Deaf Club.
Whew! The start of the college term is upon us and like interpreters up and down the country, we are very busy trying to cover the interpreting needs of not just students, but all other kinds of interpreting work as well.
We really want to try and cover as much work as we can between us, but we cannot always guarantee availability at this time.
To best help us in helping you, we would ask clients to please contact us as early as possible if you need an interpreter, which allows us to most effectively plan. Ideally two weeks notice should be given.
Asking us to cover an assignment with just a day or two’s warning will in most cases mean we are NOT AVAILABLE.
SO PLEASE, plan early, call early and book early, to have the best chance of ensuring an interpreting service.
Some details would vary between here and the USA, and you may not be going through an agency but by and large this remains a good source of information for academics, tutors, and disability / access officers to using a sign language interpreter.