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Irish Sign Language in the Oireachtas


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We aim to promote and improve access with Irish Sign Language (ISL) to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Oireachtas TV schedule

Oireachtas TV schedule

Get this week's listing of programmes broadcast on the Oireachtas TV channel.

Programmes that include ISL and subtitles are listed.

ISL glossary of terms

ISL Users

ISL glossary of terms

We are developing a new ISL glossary of parliamentary terminology. We invite all ISL users to view the proposed signs and send us their feedback.

Our ISL services

Live Oireachtas TV
Oireachtas TV productions
Website pages
Tours of Leinster House
Other ISL services

Recent videos with ISL interpretation

Thu, 7 Apr 2022

Irish Sign Language

Leaders' questions with ISL Interpretation

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Thu, 7 Apr 2022

Irish Sign Language

Questions on Promised Legislation with ISL Interpretation

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Thu, 7 Apr 2022

Irish Sign Language

Commencement Matters with ISL Interpretation

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Meeting TDs and Senators with ISL interpretation

Members of the Deaf community If you would like to request a meeting with a TD or Senator, you will find contact details on the TDs & Senators page. Your TD or Senator may arrange ISL interpretation.

TDs and Senators You can use the Public Representation Allowance (PRA) element of the Parliamentary Standard Allowance (PSA) to meet the cost of ISL interpretation. Find out more on the Parliamentary Standard Allowance page or contact the One Stop Shop.
To find an interpreter, see the Directory of Interpreters on the Register of Irish Sign Language Interpreters (RISLI) website. Public bodies must use a registered RISLI interpreter.

Day in the life of the ISL interpreters

Our ISL team work closely together to provide ISL interpretation and translation of Oireachtas debates, events and website content. Find out about a day in the life of the ISL interpreters.


Commencement of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017

Watch statements in the Seanad on the commencement of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017.

The Act was commenced on 23 December 2020. It recognises ISL as a native language of the State.

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Irish Sign Language Act 2017

Watch an ISL translation of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017. The Act provides for the recognition of ISL, its use in legal proceedings and the provision of ISL interpretation by public bodies.

This ISL translation is not an official translation of the Act.

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Amhrán na bhFiann

The National Anthem

Deaf children in a school in Bishopstown, Cork, spearheaded a project to create an official ISL translation of the Irish National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. The ISL National Anthem was first performed in Leinster House in July 2018.

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Cúpla focal

Useful phrases in ISL

TDs and Senators: would you like to use some ISL phrases in your speeches in the Houses?

See how to sign some commonly used phrases.

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Contact details

If you have any comments or queries about our ISL services, please get in touch.


Communications Unit
Leinster House
Kildare Street
D02 XR20


ISL team