About Us: CISLI

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CISLI is the Irish national representative association for sign language interpreters. We were founded on 8 May 2011 at the Deaf Community Centre, Limerick.

IASLI LogoCISLI’s predecessor, the Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters, was established during the 1990s as a forum for interpreters to get together and discuss issues affecting this newly emerging profession. 

For a number of reasons, IASLI folded in 2007 and for a number of years Ireland had no professional sign language interpreting body.

On 6 November 2010 in Athlone, a Steering Committee (Noel O’Connell, Darren Byrne, Mary Dermody, Jennifer Hubbard, Caroline O’Leary, and Evelyn Nolan Conroy) got together to begin work towards creating a new body, named the ‘Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters’ at that meeting.

The body approved its new Constitution, Code of Ethics, and other governing documents on 8th May 2011 at a meeting in Limerick, with its first official Committee (Chairperson: Caroline O’Leary, Vice-Chairperson: Frankie Berry, secretary: Cormac Leonard, treasurer: Darren Byrne, student representative:    Sarah Sheridan, IDS Representatives – Wendy Murray and John Fennell). 

The attendees on 8 May 2011 when CISLI was formed

The attendees on 8 May 2011 when CISLI was formed

Since its establishment, CISLI has campaigned on many issues and has established numerous sub-Committees to deal with pressing policy issues, such as training, policy and strategy, occupational health and safety, and others. We have been involved in negotiations around the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016, and maintain close links with the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli).