The history of the ITIA: From 1986 to today

1986

Irish Translators’ Association founded

Irish Translators’ Association founded

The Irish Translator’s Association (ITA) is founded by Ann Bernard, Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin and John F. Deane.

1987

ITA Newsletter

ITA Newsletter

The first issue of the ITA Newsletter is published.

1991

Finding a permanent home

Finding a permanent home

The ITA takes up residence at the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

1992

Translation Ireland

Translation Ireland

The first issue of Translation Ireland is published, replacing the previous ITA News.

1993

First international connection

First international connection

The ITA becomes a member of FIT, the International Federation of Translators.

2001

Name changed to ITIA

The ITA becomes the ITIA: Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association.

2001

Honorary member: Interpreter

Helen Campbell, interpreter with the European Commission, becomes the first interpreter to be conferred with honorary membership of the association.

2003

International literary connections

International literary connections

The ITIA becomes a member of CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations.

2003

Communicating: The ITIA Bulletin is born

Communicating: The ITIA Bulletin is born

The first ITIA ezine, edited by Jody Byrne, is launched.

2006

Professionalising: ITIA Certified Translator status

Professionalising: ITIA Certified Translator status

A new examination for professional members working with state and legal documentation is introduced.

2007

Professionalising: New entry requirements for top ITIA category

An examination is introduced for the Professional membership category.

2009

Professionalising: Ethics

In addition to the general Code of Practice and Ethics, a Code of Ethics for community interpreters is introduced.

2012

Legal connections

Legal connections

The ITIA becomes a member of EULITA, the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association.

2014

Honorary member: sign language interpreter

Honorary member: sign language interpreter

First conferral of honorary membership in the area of Irish Sign Language to Professor Lorraine Leeson.

2015

Professionalising: Associate members

More stringent criteria are introduced for Associate membership.

2016

30 years of the ITIA

To mark its 30th anniversary, the ITIA hosts the annual meeting of FIT Europe, the regional centre of FIT.

2017

Next generation of translators

Next generation of translators

After a successful pilot in 2016, the ITIA translation competition for secondary schools expands to cover 7 languages: Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Pictured here are the 2017 winners.

2017

New FIT Europe chair goes to ITIA

Dr Annette Schiller, long-standing ITIA ExComm member, is elected as new Chair of FIT Europe.