Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has expressed his disappointment at the refusal of the Government to make an interpreter available for the Order of Business in the Dáil this Thursday when members of the Ireland’s deaf community will attend.
A request by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) for an Irish Sign Language interpreter in the Dáil this Thursday was refused by the Ceann Comhairle’s office.
Senator Daly commented: “Members of the deaf community are due to attend Dáil Éireann this Thursday for the Order of Business. It is extremely disappointing that the request for an interpreter was refused by the Ceann Comhairle’s office. This means that members of the deaf community will not be in a position to fully understand what is going on in the Dáil and more importantly what TDs will be saying about the plight of the IDS.
“Last week it was announced that state funding for the IDS has been cut, which will result in full-time staff at the society losing their jobs, while 5,000 deaf people will have their services reduced. The least the IDS and their service users deserve is an adequate chance to observe an argument being made on their behalf outlining the impact the funding cut will have. They now haven’t even been afforded this opportunity.
“The IDS have stated they fear for the welfare of their members and this decision further highlights the disadvantage deaf people face when trying to access public services.
“I am calling on the Ceann Comhairle to seriously reconsider this decision and make an interpreter available for the Order of Business in the Dáil on Thursday and, therefore, treat the IDS and deaf people with the respect they deserve.”