Sign language at meeting
WICKLOW County Council has yet to receive a request for a Irish Sign Language interpreter to attend Council meetings.
Cllr Lourda Scott (Green) raised the issue by asking if public meetings would be attended by an Irish sign language interpreter. She highlighted that members of the deaf community have a specific requirement to access services and asked if the Council would provide this under the provision of the Irish Sign Language Act.
Chief Executive Frank Curran said that there had never been a request to provide an Irish sign language interpreter for Council meetings. He said the Council was required to do all that was reasonable to provide Irish sign language under the legislation. Measures including live-text streaming of monthly meetings and uploading a transcript to the Council’s website following the meeting were considered reasonable. Mr Curran said if anyone with an hearing impairment required access to services, measures would be put in place to deal with this.