Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
To ask the Minister for Health his views on the operation of a three day waiting period for women that will seek abortion services in view of a discrepancy between his previous statements and that of the chief medical officer – Clare Daly T.D.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 15 January, 2019.
As the Deputies are aware, Section 12 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 provides that a termination of pregnancy may be provided after a period of not less than three days has elapsed from the date on which a medical practitioner has certified that the pregnancy concerned has not exceeded 12 weeks of pregnancy.
To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress made to enact the Irish Sign Language Act 2017.
REPLY: The National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021 contains several commitments in respect of the development and expansion of Irish Sign Language (ISL) services for deaf citizens, as follows:
- Extension of ISL remote interpretation service;
- Resourcing of the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) to increase the number of trained sign Language and deaf interpreters, to put a quality-assurance and registration scheme in place and to provide on-going professional training and development for interpreters;
- Legislation that will ensure that all public bodies provide ISL users with free interpretation when accessing or availing of statutory services.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 was signed into law in December 2017 and provides for the following:-