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Sign language Interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites

Minister Harris announced on Saturday January 31st that the OPW is developing a new service for providing sign language interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites.

Speaking at the launch at Farmleigh House Minister Harris said: "I am delighted to be here today to attend the Irish Sign Language interpreted tour of this wonderful site, as managed by my Office, the OPW. I wish to thank the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College for partnering the OPW on this initiative. As the second highest visitor destination in our estate, Farmleigh is popular with Dubliners and all visitors alike and I know the interpreted tour today was enjoyed by all".

The programme commenced at Dublin Castle and will continue at Kilkenny Castle on 28th February with more sites planned during the Spring 2015.

Minister Harris added: " It gives me great pleasure to launch a further initiative whereby sign language interpretation will be available at our Heritage sites on tablets to enhance the visitor experience for the Deaf Community in Ireland. My Office continues to work on the development of this service and Kilkenny Castle has been chosen to pilot this initiative in Spring of this year. I am sure we will learn from this process and apply our learning to the roll-out of this service to all appropriate sites in our care".