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Minister Harris welcomes Sign Language Tours at OPW Heritage Sites

Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today (18 January 2015) welcomed the start of the pilot programme of Irish Sign Language interpreted tours at a number of OPW heritage sites.

Speaking ahead of the launch in Dublin Castle, Minister Harris said: "I am very pleased that my office, the OPW, in partnership with the Centre for Deaf Studies in TCD, will provide an interpretation service at heritage sites to members of the Deaf Community. The placement of fourth year interpretation students at OPW heritage sites is hugely beneficial for all parties concerned and it is wonderful that a wider audience can avail of the opportunity to visit Ireland's iconic sites".
The programme is commencing in Dublin Castle today (18th January) and will continue in Farmleigh House on 31st January and 1st February with more sites planned during the Spring 2015.
The Minister concluded: " I am confident that this project will serve to enhance the visitor experience at participating sites. I wish to sincerely thank the Centre for Deaf Studies for participating with my office on the scheme and look forward to meeting them in Farmleigh at the end of the month. I would like to invite members of the Deaf Community, both at home and abroad, to fully participate in this pilot scheme".
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Notes to Editors:
Free signed tours available to members of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
The pilot programme is being run in conjunction with the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin and more information can be found on
Further sites will be identified and publicised on the following:, and @opwireland
Bookings can be made by emailing