Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that the Government is continuing to ignore the needs of the Irish Deaf Community by not moving swiftly to pass the Irish Sign Language Recognition Bill, and ensure that they can access services using their preferred language.
Senator Daly was commenting after the Fianna Fáil Seanad Group decided to take the process out of the hands of the Government. The Fianna Fáil Group in the Seanad will move an amendment to the Order of Business on Wednesday the 29th of March to pass committee and all remaining stages of the Irish Sign Language recognition Bill.
“The Government can avoid having the Order of Business amended, and being forced to debate the remainder of the bill, if they commit to producing their amendments by March 15th 2017.
“Second Stage of this bill was passed 17 weeks ago, and the Government gave a commitment to that they would come forward with amendments to the bill and discuss with Fianna Fáil in advance of Committee Stage.
“All we have had from the Government is complete and utter silence, and it’s just not good enough.
“Minister McGrath during the 2nd Stage debate gave his support to the bill. It’s now time to turn that support into action.
“Fianna Fáil will not accept any further delays to the passage of this bill.
“The Irish Deaf Community is fed up waiting for the Government to give them the basic civil right of being able to communicate in their own language. Our bill would designate Irish Sign Language as a native and independent language that is used as the means of communication by over 50,000 people,” concluded Daly.