Fianna Fáil’s Mark Daly brought a motion before the Seanad yesterday, which was signed by the majority of senators; it sought to implement guidelines on policy for public recognition of Irish Sign Language.
Irish Sign Language is an unofficial language, so there are no requirements or protocols on behalf of the government to provide for the communicative needs of deaf people.
The Irish Deaf Society says without official recognition deaf people are excluded from Irish society.
Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly brought a motion before the Seanad yesterday, which was signed by the majority of senators.
Under this bill, Irish Sign Language would be designated as a native and independent language that’s used as the primary means of communication by over 5,000 members of the deaf community.
It’s now passed from second stage to committee stage.
Senator Mark Daly says he’ll be working with government departments on future amendments to ensure the bill passes committee stage with Government support.
He says Fianna Fáil will be pushing for the next stage of the legislative process to take place as early as possible, hopefully in January when the Seanad returns from its Christmas break.