Translation and Interpreting


An Interpreter is a person who speaks more than one language and can help to communicate with patients/clients of services. The health service can provide an Interpreter for those who can't communicate in English (where appropriate), there is no centrally held budget for this, the health service who arranges the interpretation pays for it, e.g. each hospital or health clinic pays for their own Interpreter.

Irish Translators and Interpreters

Interpreters and translators can register with the Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association. It has a database of professional members practising in Ireland. Please make sure you are satisfied with the qualifications of the professional before you hire them.

Translating material?

If you are planning to translate some material, please read through

Lost in Translation?  Good Practice Guidelines for HSE Staff in Planning, Managing and Assuring Quality Translations of Health Related Material into Other Languages (PDF)

This is also available as an app (an app is a piece of software that can be used on a mobile phone, tablet or sometimes a computer). The app is available free of charge from Google Play.

Using an Interpreter?

If you are planning to use the services of an Interpreter, please read through On Speaking Terms: Good Practice Guidelines for Staff in the Provision of Interpreting Services.