Affiliations

National Council Members

Established in 1995, the National Council is an umbrella group, comprising of local Deaf organisations in Ireland, to maintain a network of local and national organisations. The Council determine on the primary concerns and priorities affecting the Deaf Community, leading to the policies and the approaches to lobbying for equality and rights of Deaf people. Through this Council, the IDS have established policies of empowerment and independence among Deaf people.

Cork Cork Deaf Club corkdeafclub@gmail.com
Donegal Donegal Deaf Group idsdonegaldeafgroup@gmail.com
Dublin Dublin Deaf Association chairperson@dublindeafassociation.com
Dublin Over 55’s Deaf Day Centre daycentre55@gmail.com
Dublin 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group info@dublindeafscout.ie
Dublin St Mary’s Deaf Heritage Centre
Louth Drogheda Deaf Society droghedadeafsociety@gmail.com
Louth Dundalk Deaf Group dundalkdeafg22@gmail.com
Galway Galway Deaf Club galwaydeafcentre@gmail.com
Kerry Kerry Deaf Group kerrydeafgroup2010@gmail.com
Kildare Kildare Deaf Social
Kilkenny Kilkenny-Carlow Deaf Community ktcdeafcommunity@gmail.com
Laois Loais Deaf Network laoisnetwork4@gmail.com
Limerick Mid-West ISL HUB midwestislhub@gmail.com
Longford Longford Deaf Group
Mayo Mayo Deaf Group
Meath Meath Deaf Association meathdeafassociation@gmail.com
Monaghan Monaghan Deaf Group monaghandeafgroup@gmail.com
Sligo Sligo Deaf Group
Tipperary North Tipp/Mid West Region
Waterford Waterford Deaf Centre waterforddeafcentre@gmail.com
Wicklow Wicklow Deaf Society wicklowdeafsociety@gmail.com
Ireland Deaf Heritage Centre deafheritagecentre@eircom.net
Ireland Irish Deaf Youth Assocication irishdeafyouthassocation20@gmail.com
Ireland National Deaf Women of Ireland ndwi@deafwomen.ie
Ireland Deaf Sports Ireland president@deafsportsireland.com
Ireland Irish Deaf Vintage Club irishdeafvintageclub@hotmail.com

European Union of the Deaf – EUD

The European Union of the DEAF (EUD) is a European non-profit making organisation whose membership comprises of National Associations of Deaf people in Europe. The EUD was established in 1985, and is the only organisation representing the interests of Deaf Europeans at European Union level. EUD aims to establish and maintain EU level dialogues, making sure deaf issues are raised. We do this in consultation with National Deaf Association members.

Website: www.eud.eu

World Federation of the Deaf – WFD

WFD is an international, non-governmental, central organisation comprising national associations of Deaf people. At present, emphasis is placed on the following areas:

  • Improve the status of national sign languages
  • Better education for Deaf people
  • Improve access to information and services
  • Improve human rights for Deaf people in developing countries
  • Promote the establishment of Deaf organisations where none currently exist

The highest decision making body of WFD is the General Assembly (GA). Every Ordinary Member has the right to send up to two Deaf delegates to attend the GA, held every four years. The GA is held in conjunction with the quadrennial World Congress of the WFD.

Website: www.wfdeaf.org

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