Sub-Committee: Deaf Interpreters

Membership (as of 30 January 2018):

Photo of Teresa Lynch

Teresa Lynch

Teresa Lynch: Teresa is a Deaf Interpreter with over 25 years experience and a Deaf Interpreter trainer. She has completed the SLIS Deaf Interpreter accreditation with an R1 rating. She is Assistant Professor (part-time) at the Centre for Deaf Studies where she teaches courses on Irish Sign Language and interpreting. She holds an MSc in Deafhood Studies (University of Bristol), with her specialist research area being Deaf Interpreters in Ireland. She also has a Diploma in ISL Teaching (Trinity College Dublin). She currently serves as the chairperson of the National Deaf Women of Ireland. She has served on several committees: as the (first female) chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society (1990-2) and as a Director of SLIS – the government funded Sign Language Interpreting Service. Teresa has presented on Deafhood, Irish Sign Language, and issues relating to Deaf women and interpreting in many domains. She is a founder member of the Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers (CISLT), established in 2018.


Dr Noel O’Connell

Dr. Noel O’Connell: Noel holds a PhD in the Sociology of Education specializing in the ethnographic life worlds of deaf people. He was awarded the Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship which was completed at Mary Immaculate College. He has published widely on deaf education, deaf history, Irish Sign Language, and autoethnography. His main research interests include deaf life stories, disability issues, ethnography, Irish Sign Language and sign language interpreting. In June 2009, he received accreditation as a Deaf interpreter from Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS).


Frankie Berry

Frankie Berry: Frankie is Chaplain with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. She completed an MA Course in School Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care in Mater Dei Institute in 2007. In 2006, she became an accredited DI (Deaf Interpreter) and was on the SLIS planning team for the accreditation process in 2009. For over 25 years, she has worked as community worker / chaplain within the Deaf Community, and does a lot of advocacy and Deaf interpreting work in the field of mental health. Frankie has provided Church Interpreting module workshops to Centre for Deaf Studies students, and to interpreters when requested. Frankie and Teresa Lynch provided a Deaf Interpreters workshop in Limerick in 2016. Currently, Frankie is on the committee of CISLI and is vice chairperson.


Susan O’Callaghan

Susan O’Callaghan: Susan is a native of Cork City and has worked as an Advocate and Community Resource Officer for the Cork Deaf Association since 2001. She successfully completed the SLIS Deaf interpreting accreditation in 2009, obtaining an R2 rating. Susan is a Deaf Awareness trainer through Signature since 2006. She is a member of CISLI and has attended numerous interpreting and Deaf-related workshops. More recently, she obtained her Certificate in Equality Studies (Level 7), and a QQI Level 6 Information, Advice and Advocacy Course with INOU.


Terms of Reference:

1) This Sub-Committee takes it mandate from:

CISLI Constitution, Section 2.1
“d. To encourage best practice in Irish Sign Language interpreting by …


CISLI Constitution, Section 2.2.


CISLI Constitution, Section 3.2.2


European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters – Policy Statement entitled “The inclusive notion of Sign Language Interpreter and Translator” (voted for by CISLI and adopted at efsli’s 2017 AGM):

a. are afforded access to interpreter education and continuous professional training
b. are afforded the same status and working conditions
c. are treated equally in terms of membership of professional organisations
d. are treated equally in terms of progression within the professional organisation at national and European levels
e. members of the national association work together on an equal basis, regardless of hearing status,
f. are to be encouraged to specify their working languages.


2) The Sub-Committee will take as its aims:


3) The Subcommittee will liaise by way of face to face meetings, email, telephone contact or other means of communication.

4) The Subcommittee will submit a written Report twice yearly to the CISLI Secretary, outlining their activities.

6) All proposed costs will be submitted to CISLI Committee for approval prior to spending.