Irish Sign Language Act signed into law by the President 24th of December 2017

Today, the 24th of December 2017 is a truly historic day for the Deaf community.

President Michael D. Higgins signed the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 into Law.

Our sincere thanks to the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition Campaign led by the Irish Deaf Society for all their tremendous work over the years.

Sincere thanks also to Senator Mark Daly for sponsoring the ISL Bill through the Seanad and for ensuring it passed all stages in the Dáil also.

Our thanks also to Minister Finian Mc Grath, Minister for Disability Issues for all his support too.

Our deep appreciation to everyone who worked so hard to make the dream of an ISL law a reality.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is now an official language in Ireland.
ISL users will have legal rights to access Government Departments & Public Bodies through Irish Sign Language.
ISL users will have legal rights to access ALL courts through Irish Sign Language.

Today is a proud day for all of us who supported the ISL campaign.

The 24th of December 2017 will be remembered forever as a truly historic day for all of us.

The Irish Sign Language Act 2017 is now a law.

Happy Christmas everyone.



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