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17 December 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 51)

Closing up for annual leave/holidays.
Our office will be closing this Friday for our annual staff holidays. We will close at 1pm on Friday, the 22nd of December. We will re-open again, on Monday the 7th of January at 10am. If you need to meet any of our staff members before we close up, please contact us and we will do our best to fit in an appointment for you.

Sign Language interpreting for legal and medical emergencies.
While we are closed for annual leave, don't forget if you need sign language interpreting access for medical or legal emergencies, you can contact SLIS - the Sign Language Interpreting Service and/or Bridge Interpreting.

Bridge Interpreting out of hours Emergency Booking can be contacted on 087 904 6594. For more information on Bridge, you can check out their website at:

SLIS Emergency Out of Hours Service can be contacted on 087 672 5179. This service is intended for medical/legal emergencies only (e.g. hospital, garda etc.) and funerals. The service is available 24 hours. For more info, go to:

Who is responsible for interpreting access and who pays?
If your appointment is with Government Departments or Public Bodies, the ISL Act 2017 places legal obligations on them to provide access at no cost to the sign language user. SLIS and Bridge Interpreting will be able to guide you on this while we are closed for holidays.

For more information on booking interpreters in general, have a look at a newsletter we shared on the 11th of June 2018 (Vol 14 Week 24). This covers a range of access polices that are in place across Ireland with a link to the ISL Act 2017 at the end of the page. It also covers issues such as who is responsible for advertising the availability of interpreters at events. To see our policy, scroll down to the 11th of June 2018 at

Thank you to staff, customers and supporters.
Before we close up for our holidays, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us in 2018. Each year brings its own unique challenges. We can only do this work with your incredible support and kindness.

A special word of thanks to our team, our manager, staff and Board. We couldn't have done it without you. Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019. See you all again when we return on the 7th of January at 10am.
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10 December 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 50)

Happy 1st Birthday to the Irish Sign Langauge Act.
We would like to extend a Happy Birthday to the Irish Sign Language Act as it reaches its 1st birthday this week.

The ISL Act came into effect in December 2017. This followed a 30 year campaign to secure official recognition which was spearheaded throughout by our friends and colleagues in the Irish Deaf Society (IDS).

National Irish Sign Language Day 2018.
As part of the celebrations, the IDS have designated 14th of December 2018 as 'National Irish Sign Language Day'.

This marks the day that the ISL Bill was passed making ISL the 3rd official language in Ireland. The IDS acknowledge that ISL belongs to the deaf community and at the same time is a language for everyone.

As part of this special day, the IDS wants everyone to see ISL as a language for life that also encompasses inclusion & equality. To learn more about this celebratory day, look out for the following hashtags online #YestoISL, #NationalISLDay2018, #NationalIrishSignLanguageDay.

You can also email the IDS for more information at:

Events taking place around Ireland for ISL day 2018.
If you would like to know what events and celebrations are taking place this week in the deaf community to mark this special day, check out the IDS E-info newsletter.

This weekly email newsletter is a great way to hear of social events and activities that are taking place throughout Ireland. If you would like to sign up for their newsletter, send your details to

If you have any friends or family who wish to receive the newsletter, E-info would also encourage them to send their email address so they can also be added to their email mailing list.

Congratulations to the IDS on this wonderful achievement.
Finally, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the IDS and all their supporters for this fantastic achievement. For many, many years people questioned if ISL would ever achieve official recognition.

Thankfully, those who supported the dream did not give up and continued their campaign. Slowly but surely the campaign grew strongly and gained support from both the deaf and hearing community.

Together with the IDS, Senator Mark Daly and Minister Finian McGrath, the dream of recognition became a reality. Our sincere thanks to everyone involved in this historic achievement.
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3 December 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 49)

1st Year Anniversary of The Irish Sign Language Act.
The Irish Sign Language Act 2017 was passed into Law last December. This campaign was led by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and supported by countless individuals, groups and organisations throughout Ireland and indeed abroad.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the ISL Act, the IDS are organising an event in Dublin on the 14th of December. If you are wondering why the 14th has been chosen? This is the day ISL was officially recognised by the Government in the Déil.

The IDS would like to invite you to join them in their celebrations at Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) at 11 am. They will have a brief review of the last year since ISL was officially recognised.

If you can't make it early in the day, they will also have a get-together at 7 pm downstairs in Doyle's Pub. If you are not able to attend either event, the IDS are happy for people to organise their own events around Ireland to celebrate National ISL Day! They are also looking forward to seeing your photos from the celebrations, so make sure to share them with the IDS afterwards.

If you know of any local celebrations and would like to share them with us, please let us know. We would be happy to share the details on our Facebook page.

For further information on the IDS event in ISL, check out

What does the ISL Act cover?
For those of you who are not familiar with the ISL Act, here is a brief explanation of what the Act covers?

ISL is now recognised as the 3rd official language in Ireland. Prior to this, only English and Irish were recognised as official languages by the Government.

ISL users have legal rights to access Government Departments via Irish Sign Language. This means that all Government Departments that come under the responsibility of a Minister are legally obliged to provide access through ISL.

Public Bodies that receive funding via Government sources are also covered by the Act. In addition, all Courts must provide ISL access. An important aspect of the legislation is that the provision of interpretation shall be of no cost to the person concerned.

If you would like to read more about the Act, a full version of the Act is available online at:

Reminder of office holidays.
Just a quick reminder of our upcoming holidays. We will close at 5pm on the 21st of December and will re-open again on the 7th of January at 10am.

As always, don't forget you can contact SLIS or Bridge Interpreting outside of office hours and during holidays for any legal or medical emergencies.
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