Cork Centre for Independent Living CLG 2018

Welcome to the Cork CIL CLG 2018 website. There are pages for leaders, staff, and jobs, as well as general information for people with disabilities, the general public, and students.

We really welcome your feedback and any suggestions that you have for inclusion in our website. Please send an email to:

Cork CIL Feedback

with your suggestions and ideas.

Consultation Group Run by Dublin CIL

Dublin CIL is a DPO which is led by people with disabilities to create a national representative voice to collectively advocate on behalf of the Independent Living Movement in Ireland.

While each Centre for Independent Living in the country is a stand-alone organisation and may offer different types of services and supports, we share similar mission values and ethos.

Dublin CIL is undertaking 15 small consultation groups around the country with people with a disability (PWDs) to get their understanding and perspective on Personal Assistant [PA] Services.

In Cork, this will take place on Thursday, April 12th between 11.30am and 13.30pm. It will be in an accessible city centre venue (venue to be confirmed).

If you are interested in attending, please phone:

021 432 2651

or send an email to:

Nicola Meacle

More detailed information will be circulated when available.

Cork SportsAbility Week 2018: Call Out to Clubs and Communities

Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural Cork SportsAbility Week, the campaign kicks off again this April commencing with its flagship event, Cork SportsAbility Day, at the Mardyke Arena on April 21st. A host of other events are planned for the week and Cork Sports Partnership is looking to work with local clubs, organisations and communities with the aim of running events over the course of the week which promote Disability Sport & Inclusion in Cork.

Examples of events include Come & Try Sessions, Integrated events (collaborating with community group/club) or a seminar.

If you or your club/community is interested, please contact Cork Sports Partnership on (021) 434 7096 for further info, or click here for event submission details.

Public Consultation for the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2018–2021

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is in the early stages of developing the new National Action Plan/Integrated framework and would like to hear your views.

If you would like to take part in the public consultation process which is accessible online through SurveyMonkey, please complete this survey.

Please note that the consultation period is for 4 weeks ending on Fri, Mar 16th, 2018.

For more information, visit this page.

Make Work Pay for People with Disabilities: Consultation Seminar in the Kingsley Hotel on Tue, Mar 13th

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is organising an extensive consultation process in relation to how it supports people with disabilities.

The purpose of this process is to engage with people with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, and sectoral representatives and to seek their views on proposals relating to early engagement with people with disabilities in line with recommendations of the Make Work Pay report.

To get your views on the issues, a free consultation seminar will be held in the Kingsley Hotel on Tue, Mar 13th, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Those attending will take part in a number of facilitated group discussions.

One discussion will look at the idea of ‘early engagement’ in income support schemes. Early engagement means that if a recipient of a disability income support payment is able to work and wants to work, the Department will offer every possible support at the earliest possible opportunity to help the recipient get a job. The other discussion will look at proposed changes to the age at which one disability income support payment (the Domiciliary Care Allowance) ends and another (Disability Allowance) starts.

To register, and for further information, please visit this page.

CIL CMH eBulletin, January 26th, 2018

The latest edition of Dublin CIL’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

Please visit the Publications page for links to past issues of the Cork CIL Newsletter and links to newsletters published by various physical and sensory disability organisations.

DFI News Bulletin, January 18th, 2018

The latest edition of the Disability Federation of Ireland’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

Seán’s Looking Straight Ahead After Spinal Surgery

On Nov 30th, the Irish Examiner reported on Cork CIL service user, Seán Bosonnet. Suffering from progressively-worsening scoliosis since his teens, Seán finally received life-changing surgery in June, 2016, thanks to a voluntary medical support group called Straight Ahead Ireland. The charity provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

ISL or Captioned Performances at the BGE Theatre

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has announced an Irish Sign Language (ISL) performance of Miss Saigon on Nov 7th. And captioned performances of Sound of Music and Wicked on Jan 4th and Aug 14th, respectively.

Bookings for these performances should be made directly through the Group Bookings & Access Department so that they can advise on the most suitable seating. The BGE Theatre have tickets held back for this purpose that aren’t available through other channels. Please phone:

01 677 7770

(9am–6pm, Mon–Fri), or email:

Groups at BGE Theatre

to book tickets for these performances.

Handling Service Users’ Money Policy Updated

In 2016, we introduced the Supporting Service Users with Financial Transactions and Handling Service Users’ Money Policy to all Service Users & Personal Assistants (PAs). Following useful feedback from PAs, it has been reviewed and updated… more »

Accessing the City

CARL LogoIn collaboration with Cork CIL, Michael O’Donnell has undertaken a Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) project at UCC that explores the lived experiences of wheelchair users in Cork City. A short abstract follows:

People who use wheelchairs regularly encounter physical access barriers while living their everyday lives in the urban environment. This study focuses explicitly on the experiences of people who use wheelchairs accessing a built environment which is designed with an ‘able-bodied’ focus. In this study, I uncover the power relationships built into the physical environment which serve to marginalise and exclude. I explore how, despite decades of advocacy for a social model, much social policy and legislation around disability still draw from theories of a medical model. It is evident from the findings that much work still needs to be done to enable people who use wheelchairs to live fully independent lives and be fully included with regards to the built environment.

The full report is available from the link below:

Annual General Meeting

The Cork CIL Annual General Meeting 2017 took place on Tuesday, the 15th of August at 5.00 PM in the Montenotte Hotel. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

We are always looking for new staff and volunteers. Please email:

Pat Beirne

if you would like to become involved in Cork CIL and support its work.

The Annual Report for 2016 is now available:

If you would like to receive a copy in another format, or would like a copy of the Audited Accounts for 2016, please phone us on:

021 432 2651

or send an email to:

Cork CIL Information

Cork CIL Service User Survey 2017

Future Directions was the service strategy that was developed by us to guide Cork CIL services up to 2017. We are now reviewing this and developing our next plan and we asked you as our service users about your experience of your service and your ideas for the future. A big thank you to all of you who gave us your feedback. The survey is now closed. We are analysing the results and will update you all soon.

We Are Recruiting

We have a rolling recruitment campaign with a number of part-time opportunities. If you can make a difference, we want to hear from you. Visit our Job Opportunities section for more information.