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)


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