CISLI Survey – Health and Safety Report

CoverCISLI are proud to announce that they have consulted with Irish professional interpreters via an online survey to find out some of the issues and concerns about health and safety for sign language interpreters.

The survey shows that many interpreters are working regularly under conditions which respondents feel are harmful to health and safety. It also shows that there is a range of interpreting configurations and arrangements considered by interpreters to be best practice in regards to health and safety, with encouraging signs that a greater awareness of health and safety is widely distributed about the profession, but it is however concerning that some interpreters continue to believe that one interpreter, rather than two, is the optimum solution for two- and three-hour assignments.


You can read the full report here.






New additions to CISLI’s Committee

CISLI are very happy to welcome some new faces to the Committee!

Leanne Saurin joins us as Acting Secretary, filling the shoes of Pauline McMahon, who in the meantime has switched roles and rejoined us as Treasurer. Wendy Murray comes to us as one of the representatives of the Irish Deaf Society.


We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Imelda Gibbons for her work as Treasurer over the last three years.


Looking forward to working with you!

New CISLI Training Calendar!

The CISLI Training Sub-Committee are delighted to bring you our new training calendar. We have been busy planning events following the June to June calendar. See below for dates to put in your diaries so far:

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017: A Practical Guide to Self Employment : Panel Discussion
  • Thursday 30th November 2017: Information Evening, Topic TBC
  • Saturday 27th January 2017: “The Big One” CISLI CPD Training Day Limerick (Joint Day provided by CISLI and SLIS)
  • Sunday 22nd April 2017: Workshop, Topic TBC

In addition to this, we will be working closely with CDS, SLIS, and other CPD providers to make sure that everyone has the dates as far in advance as possible and we will be sharing them with you also on our calendar.

The calendar can be accessed here (no need for Gmail or Google accounts – anyone can see it). Click on the top right hand tab “Agenda” and search for more dates if you want to see a list view.
We think this calendar, (which will be available on Facebook, Twitter and the website soon) will be a valuable shared resource for all interpreters. We will do our best to keep it as up to date as possible, but with limited time and resources this will be tough. If you come across any events or anything that you think other interpreters would be interested in please pop us an email and we will add it in to the calendar.

Each event will be advertised individually too so keep an eye out for more information coming really soon!

See you all soon,

Lisa, Tracey, Aoife, Orla, Anna and Natalia

CISLI meet with Irish Deaf Society

IDS Chief Executive Eddie Redmond, IDS Chairperson Lianne Quigley, CISLI Chairperson Cormac Leonard

CISLI were fortunate to be able to reaffirm their partnership with Ireland’s national Deaf representative body, the Irish Deaf Society, this week in a meeting with their CEO and Chairperson.

Several issues were discussed in relation to CISLI-IDS cooperation, including the announcement that Wendy Murray has been appointed as one of the new IDS representatives, with another to be decided very soon.

At this crucial time for the ISL Bill, CISLI reaffirmed its support for the Bill and the IDS. Both organisation pledged to communicate and coordinate even more effectively in future for the mutual benefit of the Deaf community and ISL / English interpreters.

The 2011 Joint Statement of IDS and CISLI will be revisited and used as a basis for future partnership. In this, we hope to mirror other levels of partnership in the Deaf world – at global level between WFD and WASLI, and at European level between the EUD and EFSLI.

The journey continues!


CISLI AGM – Update on Motions (postponed to EGM)

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While our AGM today was productive, we have decided to postpone voting and discussion on our two proposed Motions.

it was raised during the AGM whether it would be appropriate to discuss and vote on such motions, particularly Motion 2 (relating to the Board of Evaluators of Interpreting), without IDS representatives being present.

As CISLI is currently without IDS representation, and had been due to meet IDS to discuss same, it has been decided that an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held, after meeting with the IDS to clarify this and other matters, and after one CISLI Committee meeting has been held.

We will keep members informed of developments and the date of the upcoming EGM. Thank you for your patience and support.

ISL Recognition Update: CISLI attends meeting with TC Caomhín Ó Chaoláin

Left to right: Amanda Mohan (CISLI), Linda Rankin (Cork Deaf Enterprises), Prof Lorraine Leeson (Centre for Deaf Studies), Breda Brosnan (Cork Deaf Club), John Bosco Conama (Irish Deaf Society), TD Caomhín Ó Chaoláin, Gerrie O’Grady (Cork Deaf Association), Andrew Geary (CDA / parent of a deaf child), Willie White (Kerry Deaf Resource Centre).
CISLI Committee Member, Amanda Mohan, recently attended a meeting called by Gerrie O’Grady of Cork Deaf Association with TD Caomhín O Chaoláin of Sinn Féin.
Deputy Ó Chaoláin is the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality. This Committee recently produced an extremely positive Report on the Formal Recognition of Irish Sign Language. 
Also in the group were John Bosco Conama representing Irish Deaf Society, Prof Lorraine Leeson from Centre for Deaf Studies, Breda Bronsan of Cork Deaf Club, Linda Rankin of Cork Deaf Enterprises, Willie White of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, and Andrew Geary of CDA (and a parent of a deaf child).
We had a very productive meeting in relation to the ISL Bill, and following the meeting, short Briefing Note was produced for use in the campaign and in lobbying local TDs and Senators. We would ask that CISLI members and interpreters use this briefing note and communicate with Senators (especially Fine Gael, Labour and Independents) and ask them to support the ISL Bill! A list of senators can be found here.
We will continue to fight for ISL recognition alongside our partner organisations, under the direction of the campaign leader the Irish Deaf Society, and will feed back whenever we can! Please help out by contacting your local and national political representatives! 


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The CISLI AGM will be held:

10.00 AM, 24th June 2017

Deaf Heritage Centre, 2nd Floor, Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland

Motions affecting the Constitution or CISLI Policy must be received by the Committee before Saturday 13th May

Agenda, Annual Report, Accounts and notice of Motions will be distributed to members before Saturday 3rd June

Please inform the Committee of your intention to attend or not by email only:

All attendees must be CISLI Members (Active / Student / Associate / Affiliate)

Membership can be renewed / purchased on the day

Membership forms available at

CISLI General Meeting & ‘Interpreter History’ Presentation, 23 March 2017

CISLI’s Training Sub-Committee asked Cormac Leonard to present on his PhD research in a talk entitled “Interpreters and Deaf People in Irish Courts, 1816 – 1924” last night. Following this presentation, our General Meeting was held, where several points were discussed and agreed. In particular there was a need identified for interpreters to discuss and understand the contents and implications of the ISL Bill. Much momentum and enthusiasm was generated, and we even got some new volunteers for our Sub-Committees!

Thanks to all who attended. Thanks also to the Centre for Deaf Studies for use of the room, and to Lisa Harvey for photos.

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