Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the recognition of Irish Sign Language and for that purpose to set down principles to guide the operations of public bodies; to require public bodies to prepare and implement action plans on Irish Sign Language; to provide for classes for the parents of deaf children; to permit the use of Irish Sign Language in legal proceedings; to provide for the making available of sign language interpreting services; to introduce statutory targets regarding the accessibility of television programming; to provide for the regulation of Irish Sign Language interpreters, deaf interpreters and Irish Sign Language teachers and for that purpose to establish the Irish Sign Language Council; to provide for the establishment of registers; to provide for continuing education requirements; to provide for offences; to amend the Broadcasting Act 2009; and to provide for related matters.

I second the proposal.

Question put and agreed to.

 When is it proposed to take Second Stage?

On the first sitting day after the summer recess.

Is that agreed? Agreed.

Second Stage ordered for Wednesday, 28 September 2016.