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Sign Language Interpreting Services in Ireland

The following is a list of sign language interpreting booking/ referral services in Ireland. Before booking or confirming an interpreter, check with your Deaf and hearing clients if they have a preference for a particular interpreter. Agencies may apply different criteria for interpreters in terms of training, qualifications and accreditation/registration. It is also advisable to check with the agencies in terms of interpreter fees including travel, subsistence and booking fee (if applicable).

Our service would recommend booking an interpreter who is a graduate of Deaf Studies/Sign Language Interpreting studies. In addition, we strongly support interpreters who have been independently accredited/ registered. An interpreter should also be committed to ongoing continuous professional development and adhere to a Code of Ethics.

  • R1 accreditation/registration is the highest level of accreditation; this allows hearing interpreters to do generic interpreting and specialised interpreting such as legal or high level medical interpreting.
  • R2 accreditation/registration allows hearing interpreters to do generic work but not specialised interpreting.
If you are booking a Deaf interpreter, ensure they have the appropriate training and/or accreditation/registration status also.

Bridge Interpreting

Bridge Interpreting is a Dublin based company providing a nationwide service with locally sourced Irish Sign Language interpreters. We offer prompt, reliable and quality service to members of the Deaf community and to the public and private sectors. At Bridge Interpreting we are happy to discuss individual Sign Language interpreting requirements for any assignment.

All interpreters listed on the site are self-employed freelance interpreters. Details of rates can be obtained by contacting interpreters directly.
CSL Interpreting Service

Our training and interpreting services can assist you to provide deaf people with an equitable experience of access to your centre, service or education facility in line with disability and equality legislation.
Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS)

The overall goal of SLIS is to ensure that Deaf people can easily exercise their rights and entitlements under the Equal Status and Disability Acts and access their rights and entitlements to public and social services. SLIS will promote, represent, advocate and ensure the availability of quality interpretation services to Deaf people in Ireland.
Emergency Service: If you wish to book a sign language interpreter outside office hours for emergencies only, please call the SLIS Emergency Helpline on 087 6725179.
Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS)

A sign language interpreter is available online three mornings per week via SLIS. Bookings can be made for appointments on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 10am to 1pm by contacting our offices on or by phone on 0761 07 8440 or text 087 980 6996

Legislative Basis: The Equal Status Acts 2000-2010 state that a failure to do all that is reasonable to provide a service to a person with a disability is deemed an act of discrimination.

4. (1) For the purposes of this Act discrimination includes a refusal or failure by the provider of a service to do all that is reasonable to accommodate the needs of a person with a disability by providing special treatment or facilities, if without such special treatment or facilities it would be impossible or unduly difficult for the person to avail himself or herself of the service.

Section 26 (1) (b) of the Disability Act 2005 places an obligation on public bodies who provide services that where practicable and appropriate, provide assistance, if requested, to persons with disabilities in accessing mainstream services.

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