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ILMI eBulletin 11th January 2019

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Updates from ILMI
Dear ILMI members
Happy new year to you all!

2018 was a busy and successful year for us as a collective and I am sure that you will all agree that as a Movement we have built a solid foundation in order that we can achieve our strategic objectives.

Central to the way we work is to ensure that policy decisions that impact on the lives of disabled people have to be directly influenced by those whose lives are directly affected: Nothing about us without us. As you can see, in the upcoming weeks ahead we are creating a number of spaces to ensure disabled people from across the country can be part of collective policy development.

Over the course of 2019 will ensure that we will use local, regional, national and online spaces to bring people together in our role as a  campaigning, national representative organisation that promotes the philosophy of independent living and seeks to build an inclusive society.

Our power and strength comes from working collectively together. Policy development and political campaigns that are truly based on lived experience of disabled people across the Ireland of will have an impact and build a better Ireland.

For this to work, we need as many people actively involved as possible. We will continue to look to create ways for people to be involved. We look forward to working with you over 2019.

Damien Walshe,

ILMI Planning working group: Call for Participation!

We are calling people to become involved in a national planning consultation group on Thursday 7th of February at 12 - 2pm in ILMI offices Carmichael house. The aim of this group is to develop a collective discussion around planning and the built environment for disabled people.
The aim of this group will be to develop ILMI’s position in terms of planning and design within the built environment in line with the Disability Act 2005 and the Public sector duty 2014. From this we hope to develop a short resource that can empower disability activists locally and nationally to inform planning processes to meet the needs of disabled people.
We need the participation of people with real lived experience to generate discussion around this topic so why not join the ILMI planning working group- Have your voice heard!
If you are interested in becoming involved in this group email our policy officer
If you wish to participate in the meeting via video link, ILMI uses an app called Zoom to video conference if you would like to join us.
Zoom works on smart phones, tablets, PCs, laptops and Macs. If you would like more information on how to use Zoom to participate, we can send that in advance of the meeting.


ILMI Housing Working Group

ILMI is having their second housing working group on Tuesday 22nd January from 12 – 2pm in Carmichael house. This space is an opportunity for people with real lived experience to generate discussion around the housing needs of disabled people and we will build on our knowledge and information from our first meeting in December. If you are interested in becoming involved in this group email our policy officer

An agenda and report of the first meeting will be circulated to anyone who wants to participate. If you wish to participate in the meeting via video link, ILMI uses an app called Zoom to video conference if you would like to join us.

Zoom works on smart phones, tablets, PCs, laptops and Macs. If you would like more information on how to use Zoom to participate, we can send that in advance of the meeting



Leader Training

On Monday the 28th of January we will be hosting a one-off training day on our Independent Living Leader Training programme, specifically targeted at family members, friends and supporters of disabled people and professionals working in the disability sector. 

Running from 11am to 3pm in Dublin city centre the focus will be on the programme, which was rolled out during the months of October and November to Leaders in the disability movement. 

Training is delivered by a person with the lived experience of managing their own Personal Assistance Service (PAS). 

If you are interested in learning more about PAS and Independent Living and wish to take part in this one-day course then please let us know as soon as possible as places are extremely limited. 

You can reserve your space by contacting us at or calling Susan on 086 171 2648.


No Magic Pill

We have had a fantastic week workshopping my stage play, No Magic Pill, which is inspired by the life of Martin Naughton and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, ILMI and DFI. I worked for Martin at CIL in 1995/6 and have always wanted to honour him through a story. It has been extraordinary to watch our talented actors – Paddy Slattery, Rhona Coughlan, Peter Kearns (also our disability consultant), Mark Fitzgerald and Julie Sharkey - bringing the script to life under the direction of Raymond Keane. We are looking forward to further workshops and ultimately to staging the play as a full production in due course.

By Christian O’Reilly, writer

Free Drama Workshops for disabled People, Parents/Guardian and Carers

Ballyfermot Chapelizod Access Group/Smashing Barriers

WHERE: Ballyfermot Library

Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

DATE: Thursday 7th February, 2019.

TIME: 11am to 1pm

.... & every Thursday until September

For further information click HERE or please contact Douglas at: 087-9092837 or Maureen at: 085-2277033

Email: or



‘I find great comfort in watching a man explain how he freed himself from depression’
#januaryblues #2019 #strength
 Another brilliant piece by Ferdia MacAonghusa please read the whole article 


Ferdia MacAonghusa 

Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years

 "James Cawley, the policy officer for the Independent Living Movement Ireland
(ILMI)  understands the setbacks out-of-order lifts can have on people with disabilities.
“When elevators are out of service this makes the transport system inaccessible immediately [for people with disabilities],” Cawley said…..See More


Minister Doherty to Establish Interdepartmental Group to Safeguard Future of Community Employment Social Inclusion schemes

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019: Following the Cabinet meeting this morning, Minister Regina Doherty, T.D., announced that the Government has agreed to her proposed establishment of an Interdepartmental Group to examine the future of Community Employment Social Inclusion schemes with a view to ring-fence Social Inclusion places and allow services within communities to be maintained.
Following an earlier analysis of the Community Employment Programme, a two strand approach was adopted in 2017 and all Community Employment placements were categorised into two strands:

•             Social Inclusion strand to acknowledge that not all Community Employment places were the same and to provide an opportunity for those who are very distant from the labour market to work and deliver services in their local communities;

•             Job Activation strand is more directly related to employment opportunities for participants who are long term unemployed with a view to providing them with more labour market relevant work experience.
There are currently just over 21,000 participants on Community Employment schemes with 30 – 40 percent of these placements categorised as Social Inclusion. However, as the number of Community Employment places is benchmarked to the number on the Live Register, it is expected that the number of places on the schemes will reduce unless the current set up is reviewed. Recognising that as unemployment lowers, there will be less demand for activation schemes, Minister Doherty today drew a strong distinction between activation schemes and the Social Inclusion category.
Speaking today, the Minister said:
“These Social Inclusion placements require a separate focus to ensure that those who are very distant from the labour market and who are interested in working and delivering services in their local community have the opportunity to do so. The work they provide within their communities is essential and work participants may include vulnerable adults who need additional supports – including older unemployed workers, people with a disability, travellers and homeless people.
“Virtually all participants on these schemes are engaged in some element of service support and delivery - including Meals on Wheels, Tourist Information, Library Assistants, work for Tidy Town Committees, Environmental work, youth work, support in Resource Centres, bus drivers, Childcare and Health and Social Care related services.  Community Employment participants are particularly active in the delivery of care of the elderly, services to people with disabilities and working alongside service providers such as the Irish Wheelchair Association, the Centre for Independent Living, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I want to ensure that we maintain and support this valuable service and the much needed opportunities provided to allow individuals who may not work otherwise to contribute to their local town or village – especially in many rural communities.  Therefore, I will be tasking this Group to explore how we deliver and maintain these Social Inclusion services as well as identifying the correct organisational and governance arrangements for the future. Ultimately, we need to ring-fence the Social Inclusion places to ensure that services within communities can be maintained.  This will minimise any disruption to the important services being delivered and supported by these participants across the country.”
The inter-Departmental group will explore the most appropriate organisation arrangements, including which Departments should host the Community Employment Social Inclusion schemes - including Drug Rehabilitation and Childcare schemes,.  The Minister expects the work of the group to be completed quickly and intends for a report with recommendations to be presented to Cabinet within the next three months.


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