Lorraine Leeson and Teresa Lynch, Three Leaps of Faith and Four Giant Steps: Developing Interpreter Training in Ireland, Conference of Interpreter Trainers, 2008, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2008, 2008
This chapter documents the relatively recent introduction and development of
interpreter training in Ireland. The first interpreters graduated with a Diploma in
ISL/English Interpreting in 1994, and interpreter training was, in the early days, only
made possible with funding from the European Union: State funding commenced with
the establishment of the Center for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s
oldest university, in 2001. As we shall see, there have been four major steps towards
the development of ‘permanent’ interpreter training in Ireland. It is important to note
that these developments would not have been possible were it not for some key Deaf
community-led developments that paved the way for change. But first it is important
to outline the Irish interpreting scene, before turning to the Irish Deaf community.
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