Govt Refusal Of IDS Request For Interpreter 'Extremely Disappointing'

The government has turned down a request by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) to provide an interpreter at an upcoming Order or Business meeting in the Dáil.

The IDS made the request ahead of a meeting to be held on Thursday, however, the Ceann Comhairle's office turned down the request.

The move has been described as "extremely disappointing" by Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly.

"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," Senator Daly said.

He added: "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.

"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."


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