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ILMI eBulletin 
July 8th July 2022

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Find Your Voice

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Are you a disabled person living in Galway? Would you like to learn more about how your voice can have a real impact on the policy decisions that affect your life, at both a local and national level?

Independent Living Movement Ireland are delighted to offer free online training to disabled people living in Galway. The course, which will rollout in September will cover a wide range of policy areas from transport and housing to Personal Assistance Services.

With the support of Galway City Council's Community Activities Fund each course participant will be provided with a free smart tablet. Spaces are extremely limited and expressions of interest are now invited from interested people. For more information or for any questions please contact

ILMI Webinar: Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask: Let’s talk about Sex!

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It's on the 13th July 3pm

Join us next Wednesday the 13th July with some outstanding disabled activists and researchers to hear what real inclusion of disabled people in discussions and services relating to sexual awareness, sex positivity and parenting would look like, and what policy makers need to do in Ireland to fully realise Article 23 of the UNCRPD.

Our ONSIDE project Coordinator Peter Kearns will MC a panel discussion featuring disabled activists from Ireland and abroad, including ILMI Vice Chair Selina Bonnie, Full Spectrum Ireland community development worker Niall Jordan, Dr Áine Sperrin from the Re(al) Productive Justice project NUIG and Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK.

ISL will be provided on the day.
To register for this webinar, click on this link:
ILMI VOICE Project Update

IMAGE: photo of the group including Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, ILMI Chairperson, Des Kenny, ILMI CEO Damien Walshe and ILMI VOICE Project workers Nicola Meacle and Soraghan
On the 4th March 2021), Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development launched a call for Community Development Pilot Projects to trial community led interventions that address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, and promote human rights. Seven applications were selected from over a 100 submissions including The ILMI VOICE project was one.

IMAGE 2 : Photo of Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and ILMI VOICE Project workers Nicola Meacle and Paula Soraghan
This week on Wednesday 6th July, the seven projects met each other in person for the first time.  Minister O’Brien attended the session which was organized by Community Work Ireland and held in Carmichael Centre. Each project gave an account of the work they do including VOICE. All the CDP’s are really using the values and tools of community work to empower marginalized groups through capacity building to realize the societal structures that impact their lives. The similarities were striking i.e. one Community Worker spoke about young travellers internalizing how others perceive and stereotype them and lacking any pride in their history and culture, this is something that many Disabled People  experience. The Minister heard how the VOICE project will address those challenges.
Paula Soraghan reiterated the importance of DPO’s and ILMI Chairperson, Des Kenny was also in attendance and spoke about the vital importance of collective .spaces for DP’s to learn from each other, gain from Peer Support and empower each other to be Activists and utilize collective action to have our voices heard.
Two super quick ILMI CREATE Project Updates


1.           Our fourth and final CREATE course will begin this month, helping candidates to build their confidence and skills around employment and job seeking. Most places have been filled for the course but if you would like to take part in CREATE or a future course, contact

2.           On Wednesday 13th July, we will be having our first CREATE Catch Up event on Zoom from 4:30-6pm. This will be a space for past participants of CREATE and others to share experiences, challenges and solutions for disabled people who are navigating the world of employment and job seeking,

ILMI Attended the launch of the Final Report July 2022 from the
Committee on International Surrogacy.

It contains a number of recommendations on measures to address issues arising from international surrogacy, having particular regard to the rights, interests and welfare of children born through surrogacy (both in the future, and existing children), of surrogates and of intended parents.
We are extremely proud to represent disabled people in relation to AHR, fertility issues and international surrogacy

AHR Coalition Welcomes Joint Oireachtas Committee Report On International Surrogacy And Calls On The Government To Act On Recommendations Now Jul 7, 2022

The Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Coalition which is made up of representative groups; Equality for Children, Irish Gay Dads, Irish Families Through Surrogacy, The National Infertility Support Group, LGBT Ireland and Independent Living Movement Ireland, has called on the Government to implement the recommendations published today by the Special Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy which has endorsed a wide range of recommendations to be included in the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Bill.

Full Press Release is here

Motion on the cost of disability payment 6th July 2022

IMAGE: photograph shows the group who attended outside the Leinster house. Our Patrick is out front on the far left.

ILMI would like to thank Deputy Holly Cairns and all at the Social Democrats for the invitation to the gallery for the private motion on the Cost of Disability Payment. Our representative Patrick Flanagan Co coordinator of the CREATE project attended and said "It was fantastic to see the Social Democrats motion passed, and the recognition of all the parties and TDs of the rights of disabled people, and another step to ensuring we are supported to play a fully active role in society." We feel it is also important to recognise all the disabled activists and DPOs who made it there in person as well despite all the known potential logistical, transport or environmental barriers. A DPO not only provides a direct route to a collective voice for the decision and policy makers it also strengthens an individual to feel their voice is bolstered by the expertise of the many disability activists across the country. ILMI welcomes the motion as well as adding to it, in order to make real change happen and even the playing field for everyone it is timely that DPO’s must be funded not only appropriately but also to make them future proof.
ILMI Strategies for Change Lunchtime Master Class with Ellen Clifford

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The 28th July via Zoom at 1pm.

Ellen Clifford is a disabled activist who lives with mental distress and has worked within the disability sector for over 20 years. She is author of ‘The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe’ which won the 2021 Bread and Roses award for Radical Publishing.
Please email to attend

Strategies for Change session with Jacqueline Healy from IHREC

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In this week’s SFC session we had Jacqueline Healy from IHREC come and talk to us about what constitutes a Public Body and the importance of the Public Sector Duty in proactively serving both its staff and their customers. Jacqueline gave us a number of examples of public bodies, including, Local Authorities, Broadcasters, Banks, Hospitals, the HSE, etc., - essentially they are bodies that receives public funding from the state to provide services to the public. 

We discussed the Public Sector Duty, which is a duty set out under Section 42 of Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 and states that states public bodies must provide services in a non-discriminatory way, provide equality of opportunity and protect the rights of both staff and it’s customers .

This is vitally important due to the fact that the state has an ongoing responsibility to Respect, Protect and fulfil Human Rights for everyone, including disabled people.

We then split into groups and had discussions on the different rights and equality issues we were aware of or have encountered as disabled activists and the steps we could take to rectify these.

One of the groups focused on the HSE and there was an in depth discussion regarding all of the obstacles that we as disabled people face when trying to avail of services such as the fact that many of the services provided do not come from a rights-based approach and are rooted in the Medical Model of Disability.

Jacqueline also suggested that if anyone had a concern about a public body e.g. the HSE, they should write to the CEO, as sometimes going direct to the most senior in an organisation can yield better outcomes than trying to raise the issues at a local level. It is also far more effective if you do this as a collective group.
The other groups discussed issues encountered with using public transport and local authorities.

Participants in the transport group were astonished that even after considerable consultation with ILMI and other relevant groups, Irish rail had purchased 41 new intercity rail cars that are not accessible.

Overall, everyone said it was a really informative class and a really enjoyable evening.
Written by Damien O’Reilly
We are delighted to invite you to our next ILMI HALF-MADE-UP Drama Collective workshop on Thursday 14th July 2022: 11am to 3pm.

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The workshop will explore how disabled actors can use Augusto Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' to explore their lived experiences and transform disabling-barriers & personal-tragedy stories. ILMI's Peter Kearns, who will lead the fun workshop, worked with Augusto Boal throughout the 1990s up to Boal's passing in 2009. Peter will be joined by ILMI's other dramatists Mark McCollum and Paula Soraghan.

● Theatre of the Oppressed is a non-traditional theatre style used to prompt dialogue and promote community centred problem solving.
● It is designed to promote awareness of one’s social situation and how our bodies are bound by tradition.
● It has been used by organisers and educators worldwide for democratizing their own organisations, analysing problems, and preparing for action.
“All theatre is necessarily political because all activities are political and theatre is one of them.” - Augusto Boal

ILMI will be providing tea/coffee and sandwiches on the day. The ILMI Drama tutors also suggest you bring your own bottle of water and wear loose & comfortable workshop clothing for taking part in every fun drama exercise.

Thursday 14th July workshop is at Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), Carmichael 'Centre' North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 - Eircode = D07 RHA8.
If you want to register to attend or have any queries, please email -

Covid mask wearing is not necessary in the ILMI Carmichael Centre workshop-room and the wearing masks is a private decision. ILMI Drama tutors would like to point-out that many of the drama exercises will require group work physical contact and theatre making sculpting of poses.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday 14th July at 11am.

The Joint Committee on Disability Matters

The Joint Committee on Disability Matters launched its 2023 Pre Budget Submission entitled Aligning Disability Funding with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The focus for the Committee for Budget 2023 is the development of a model of funding distribution in line with the UNCRPD that can deliver better outcomes for disabled people, and maximise people’s capacity, independence and quality of life’.

ILMI welcomes the recommendations including: that under the #UNCRPD "Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), can only determine the impact of policy on those they represent, disabled people. Government must act urgently to fund and develop meaningful structures and mechanisms that enable this new governance."

This year the theme of the annual HSE Sharing day is Assisted Decision Making.

The event is about giving disabled people a platform to inform the HSE about their experience and perspective on a particular topic. This is the information for anyone who may be interested in sending in a submission for the National Sharing Day. The deadline for making a submission is Friday the 29th July.
1.           Information leaflet 
2.           Submission form 
3.           Easy read information leaflet 
4.           Easy read submission form 
5.           Information video with ISL & subtitles 

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