Independent Living Movement Ireland

Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Tel: +353 (0)1 873 04 55 | Email:

Chief Executive  – Damien Walshe


Damien joined CIL in October 2017 and has over 15 years experience in equality and human rights organisations, including the Irish Traveller Movement, the Equality and Rights Alliance and Aontas. Damien is keen to bring previous experience of actively engaging and supporting people to work collectively in to CIL to ensure that people with disabilities see CIL as a vehicle for change to bring about equality in Irish society.

Communications Officer

Contact:  ninabyrne@ilmi.iee

Nina joined CIL in 2011 to work on what was then called the Strasbourg Freedom Drive now the Brussels Freedom Drive and has worked on many other projects where she helped coordinate the communications and event management, including the Mansion House “Meet your TD” event where CILs and their members from around the country came to speak with their local representative. Nina also worked on the Personal Assistance Bill project and the Disability Studies course run in conjunction with NUI Maynooth.

With a background in corporate communications and marketing a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art Nina has a diverse range of experience and skills and bring them all to the Irish Independent Living movement. The CIL eBulletin, the CIL Social media accounts and maintaining links with and building the CIL membership are part of her day to day work.

Development Officer – Susan O’Brien


Susan has been employed with CIL since 2003. Prior to joining CIL she graduated from NUIG with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Susan went on to study for a Masters in Business Studies where she specialised in Electronic Commerce. She was a member of the academic team in NUIG for two years before going on to work in logistics management for a multinational healthcare manufacturer. Susan’s original role with CIL centered on European development. She is currently the Development Officer.

Policy Officer – James Cawley


James joined ILMI in August 2018. He graduated with a BA in Business and Geography and a Professional Masters of Education at Maynooth University. Previous to his role with ILMI James was a secondary school teacher and has done research on disability issues on a National and European level. James is a leader of his Personal Assistant service (PAS) which allows him to live a life of choice, dignity and respect.

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