Sign lan­guage at meet­ing

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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.

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