ILMI eBulletin May 9th 2023

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ILMI is proud to announce the launch of its book “Conversations About Activism and Change”.

IMAGE: photo shows book contributors in a row with smiles on their faces. Colm Whooley, Des Kenny, Dermot Hayes, Jacqui Browne, Ann Marie Flanagan, Eileen Daly, Selina Bonnie, Michael McCabe and Sarah Fitzgerald. 

Based on a podcast series capturing the voices of disability activists from across Ireland and edited by Sarah Fitzgerald a disabled author, this book is authentic in every aspect of its creation and a true oral history of the disability rights movement. The book was launched on the 5th of May 2023 which is also European Independence Day.

IMAGE: photo of Sarah Fitzgerald holding a copy of "Conversations about activism and change"

Sarah Fitzgerald Author “Activism is not easy, it’s a commitment, and I wanted to know what motivated a whole generation of disabled people to come together and change things.” Conversations about activism and change is the first step in proudly reclaiming some of the narrative of the societal changes that disabled people have brought about in Ireland, and ways that disabled people are leading change in the 21st Century. Featuring pieces from eleven disabled activists, Conversations About Activism and Change is a unique book capturing the voices of disabled people and their Movement for Change.

IMAGE: photo of Selina Bonnie holding a copy of "Conversations about activism and change"

ILMI’s Vice Chair Selina Bonnie said “Ireland is a land of storytellers but until now, most of the Irish disability rights movement’s stories have only been shared orally, transmitted mainly from activist to activist, or have been lost when treasured comrades have passed.”

The journey for disabled people’s equality in Ireland pre-dates the formation of ILMI and much has been achieved by disabled people in making Ireland more inclusive. However, much of that memory hasn’t been documented or recorded and many of the projects, campaigns and actions led by disabled people are often unknown by younger disabled people looking to further advance their rights. This book is part of reclaiming that “hidden history” about the struggle for the liberation and self-determination of disabled people in Ireland.

IMAGE: photo of Des Kenny holding a copy of "Conversations about activism and change"

Des Kenny ILMI’s Chairperson said “Disability rights are now an obligation to be implemented by the State since Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People in 2018.” Jacqui Browne ILMI Board member added “This book provides an insight into the experiences and issues that disabled people went through and It also presents an opportunity for younger disabled people to keep the torch alight”

 IMAGE: photo shows  Jacqui Browne holding a copy of "Conversations about activism and change"


Book: Published by Martello Publishing, this book will be available to buy or order in all good bookshops and on Amazon for your kindle click here for the links

Conversations About Activism and Change was edited by Sarah Fitzgerald, and features a foreword by Niall Crowley with contributions from Des Kenny, Eileen Daly, Selina Bonnie, Jacqui Browne, Maureen McGovern, Peter Kearns, Ann Marie Flanagan, Dermot Hayes, Colm Whooley, Michael McCabe and Sarah Fitzgerald

Published by Martello Publishing
– ISBN 9781739608606
– €12.95 RRP
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