Frequently Asked Questions



What is a Sign Language interpreter?

In Ireland, Sign Language interpreters are professionals who work between Irish Sign Language (ISL) and English. They assist in the communication process by signing what is said and speaking what is signed.


What do I do if I need to cancel?

If a client needs to cancel the assignment, they should notify Bridge Interpreting as soon as possible. The following cancellation fees will apply:

  • Cancellation within 0-5 working days of commencement of the assignment – full fee will be charged.
  • Cancellation within 6-10 working days of commencement of the assignment – half fee will be charged.
  • Cancellation over 11 working days of commencement of assignment- administration fee only will be charged.


When should I provide interpreter services?

An interpreter should be present in all situations in which the information to be exchanged requires effective communication. You will want all services and programs you provide to be available and accessible equally to consumers who are deaf and hearing. For example, a deaf individual might wish to take a childbirth class, become a member of a political party, attend a conference or go to the theatre.


Who is responsible for arranging interpreter services?

Service providers and employers are responsible for ensuring that communication with people who are deaf is as effective as communication with others. The service provider should not charge the employee or service user for the interpreter service. For further information, please contact us.


What is the range of domains requiring interpretation?

  • Medical
  • Legal Meetings
  • Court Appearances
  • Mental Health
  • Social Services
  • Media
  • Conferences
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Business
  • Work
  • Education
  • Trainings
  • Interviews
  • Religious Services
  • Theatre
  • Social