We work to ensure that Deaf people have easy access to public and social services
and can exercise their rights and entitlements under the Equal Status & Disability Acts


Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is the national Sign Language Interpreting Service for Ireland. Established in 2007, SLIS is supported and funded through the Citizens Information Board.

The mission of SLIS is to ensure Deaf people can live as full and equal citizens. We achieve this by promoting, and advocating for the availability of quality interpretation services to Deaf people and service providers in Ireland.


SLIS provide a range of services to support quality interpreting in Ireland for Deaf people and public and other services.

Emergency Service

Out of hours access to interpreters Text 087 672 5179

For interpreters for Deaf people in medical or legal crises situations

Social Fund

SLIS can arrange interpreters for funerals and some hardship cases.

With the cooperation of interpreters, SLIS usually cover the costs from our social fund.

Referral Service

If you want to book an interpreter, we can refer you to an appropriately experienced registered interpreter. All interpreters are independent freelance contractors. We also support organisations in how to use sign language interpreting.

HSE SLIS GP & Primary Care Appointments

SLIS arranges interpreters for GP appointments for Deaf people with medical cards or GP visit cards, and pays for the appointments on behalf of the HSE.

IRIS – the Irish Remote Interpreting Service

The Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS) provides instant online video link access to a sign language interpreter. Advance booking advised.

The Register of Irish Sign Language Interpreters

A quality assurance and registration scheme for sign language interpreters. Quality supports for sign language interpreters, including training.


For Medical / Legal emergencies only (e.g. Hospital, Garda Station etc.) and Funerals
24 hours, every day. (click the number to send a text message)


Contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service by filling in the form below:
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4 months ago

Slis Ireland

To support the expansion of the remote interpreting service IRIS under the National Disability Inclusion Strategy, Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is seeking to recruit qualified Irish Sign Language / English Interpreters for permanent full and part time posts working on the Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS).
The Irish Sign Language/ English Interpreter provides interpretive support primarily for IRIS, but also to the Manager, SLIS Board and teams. The post will normally be based in the SLIS offices but may also involve work outside the office and / or normal office hours.
We are seeking to recruit at least two interpreters to full time, 35 hours per week, or four interpreters to half time, 17.5 hours per week, posts.
The salary scale for this post is from €28,399 to €47,331 (13 points) per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience, pro rata for part time staff.
The Job Description and Application Form can be requested by email from: recruitment@slis.ie
Please send completed application form & current CV, including the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees that we may contact with your consent to:
John Stewart, Manager, Sign Language Interpreting Service,
Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, or by email to recruitment@slis.ie
Closing date for receipt of applications is strictly 1.00pm Tuesday 23rd January 2018.
Please note short-listing may apply and those who qualify at interview will be put on a panel. This panel of qualified candidates will be formed to fill vacancies which arise within the next 14 months (including temporary and permanent, part-time and full time interpreter posts).
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.
SLIS is funded through and supported by the Citizen’s Information Board.youtube.com

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4 months ago

Slis Ireland

SLIS would like to congratulate the Deaf Community on the passing of the ISL Bill and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year

SLIS would like to congratulate the Deaf Community on the passing of the ISL Bill and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.

4 months ago

Slis Ireland

SLIS closed for Christmas & Emergency text number ...


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