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ILMI eBulletin August 2nd 2019
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ILMI Dates for Your Diary
  • September 10th, 11am to 1pm, Westside Resource Centre, Galway Activism Exploratory Meeting
Please call the office on 01 8730455 for more information or email 
ILMI Team News

Green Party Consultation

Photo shows Galway Green Party Councillors with Galway Activism member Marian Maloney and her guide dog Leon.
Galway Activism were delighted to be invited to attend the Green Party Stakeholder’s Consultation, which was held on July 26th in the Harbour Hotel in Galway. Both Maggie Woods and Marian Maloney attended this meeting on behalf of the group. The purpose of the meeting was to inform inform policy based upon input from the real local experts who use the services on a daily basis. Thanks to Councillor Pauline O'Reilly, Councillor Martin O’Connor, and Councillor Alastair McKinstry for the invitation to participate in this vital consultation process.

Clare Leader Forum Plan to Succeed 

Photo shows some of the Clare Leader Forum participants attending the review session.

On Friday July 19th Clare Leader Forum (CLF) participants took the time to regroup through a facilitated review session. Having been in existence for over four years the CLF felt the time was right to look at why the group continues to meet, the core values that bond them together, and how they can continue to grow over the coming years. 
A really worthwhile session, which was facilitated by Clare Volunteer Centre's Sharon Meeney with support from Clare PPN's Susan Considine, was had by all. It was an emotional and enlightening meeting for all members with everyone leaving with a renewed sense of enthusiasm about what the CLF can achieve in the future. If you would like to learn more about the CLF and how you can take part please contact Susan at

Galway Activism Exploratory Meeting

Photo shows the poster for the Galway Activism meeting on September 10th.

On September 10th Galway Activism are inviting Galway disabled people to come together. This open meeting is to plan for the future of the group and look to what Galway Activism should be focusing on into 2020. Spaces are limited for this session so early booking is advisable. To reserve your place please contact Susan on 0861712648 or email

Free, fun and Interactive workshops with the ONSIDE Team

Photo shows three of the ONSIDE team Peter, Edel and James with ILMI staff member Susan

The ILMI Onside Project continues to build momentum in the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. The project offers disabled adults support to access mainstream opportunities of their choice in their local communities. This will involve the delivery of an 8 week IT training programme in a community venue, which will teach participants the skills needed to make the most of their free ILMI Onside Project laptop or tablet as a tool for tackling social isolation.
The ILMI Onside team are developing a series of interactive and engaging, and hopeful a  bit of craic, Social Inclusion Workshops to accompany IT training that will be delivered weekly at local Family Resource Centres and mainstream community venues. The workshops will include input from a variety of mainstream community organisations, such as Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), Education Training Boards (ETB) and Citizens Information Service (CIS) who will provide information on ‘what they do’ and how to access their service. The overall aim of the Social Inclusion Workshops is to facilitate participants to develop skills, experience and confidence to actively engage and participate within their communities. In addition, it is hoped that the workshops will have a positive impact on ensuring that mainstream community organisations are providing a service inclusive for all!
We will keep the wider ​ILMI Activists collective updated on our ​ONSIDE Project progress and news. In the meantime if you would like further information feel free to James at or 087 7198521.
Lack of Home Care Hours Resulting in Hospital Stays

Lack of home care hours continued to dominate the media over the last two weeks. On July 20th Imelda Munster, Sinn Fein TD for Louth, highlighted how a 50 year old man remained in hospital after a nine-week stay due to the availability of hours. In this particular case the man’s house had already been adapted and he was fit to return home but the 26 hours support he required were not allocated due to a lack of funding. Speaking to the Irish Examiner Ms. Munster stated that “It costs €5,964 per week to care for someone in a hospital bed whereas to grant this man the 26 hours home care package that he needs would come in at approximately €546 per week”. The full story can be found here.

Poor Access to Rail Networks Breach Human Rights

Photo shows protestors at Clontarf Dart Station

On July 26th protests took place at Clontarf Rail station to highlight the inaccessibility of the rail transport network to disabled people. Speaking at the protest rail user Sean O’Kelly explained, “It is wrong that we have to beg for access to public transport. It is a basic human right.” These sentiments were echoed by Saoirse Smith who can never relax when taking the train, as she is “constantly worried” something will go wrong. To read more about this story click here.

Sinéad Burke Features as a "Trailblazing" Cover Star

Photo shows the cover of the new Vogue issue with guest editor Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has chosen Irish disability campaigner Sinéad Burke as a "trailblazing" cover star for fashion magazine 'Vogue'. An academic and diversity advocate, the 29-year-old Irish woman was named as part of The Vogue 25 – the first Vogue guide to Britain’s 25 most influential and aspirational figures in 2018. She has more than 24,000 Twitter followers, almost 90,000 Instagram followers and hosts a podcast called As Me With Sinead.
The Vogue edition, entitled 'Forces For Change', features "trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers", Buckingham Palace said. For more click here
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