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.

Art & Cultural Society of the Deaf
Athlone Deaf Centre Fax: 0906 478363
Centre for Deaf Studies
Cork Deaf Club
Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters
Deaf Community Centre (Limerick)
Dundalk Deaf Group
Donegal Deaf Social
Drogheda Deaf Society
Dublin Deaf Association
Galway Deaf Club
Greenbow: Deaf LGBT Society of Ireland
Deaf Sports Ireland
Irish Deaf Youth Association
Irish Deaf Women’s Group
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
Kilkenny, Carlow & Tipperary Deaf Community
Laois Deaf Network
Meath Deaf Association
Midland Deaf Club
Mid-West Deaf Association
Model School for Deaf Project
Sign Language Association of Ireland
South East Deaf Women’s Group
Deaf Heritage Centre
Tallaght Deaf Club
Waterford Deaf Centre
Wexford Deaf Association
Wicklow Deaf Society
191st Deaf Scout
South Tipperary Deaf Club Facebook
Deaf Dundalk TBC
Drogheda Deaf Society (Louth) Facebook

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.


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.