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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Public Consultation.

Posted: 18th September 2015

DeafHear: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Public Consultation 2015


The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) will publish its first Strategy Statement 2016–2018 later this year. The development of the Strategy Statement will be informed by a public consultation which takes place from June to October 2015.

The functions of the IHREC include to protect and promote human rights and equality, and to work towards the elimination of human rights abuses, discrimination and prohibited conduct. The public consultation will be of interest to many members of the Deaf Community, as access to communication is a fundamental human right.

However, Deaf people frequently have no access to communication when trying to avail of services, as no sign language interpreter is provided. This is a regular occurence for Deaf people, whether it is going to the hospital, a parent–teacher meeting, the bank manager or the social welfare office. And if you are unlucky enough to be a vulnerable Deaf person who is living in a residential service or is in prison, you are likely to have no access to communication whatsoever.

Written submissions will be accepted before October 9th. There is also a series of public consultation meetings during September and October as follows:

  • Cork – 16th September 2015
  • Waterford – 17th September 2015
  • Limerick – 23rd September 2015
  • Galway – 24th September 2015
  • Longford – 29th September 2015
  • Dublin – 1st October 2015
  • Sligo – 7th October 2015
  • Letterkenny – 8th October 2015

Irish Sign Language interpretation will be available at each of the public consultation meetings. You can find out more about the consultation venues and register to attend here: [View]

And you can find out more about the consultation in ISL here:

Tell us your story when you had
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Media Contacts will provide spokespersons to comment on issues relevant to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people on request.

To contact Brendan Lennon; Head of Information and Policy, click here...





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