The Spring interim meeting of IMPERO took place in Brian Muldoon’s Bar, Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland; on Saturday 20 February 2016 starting at 15:00.
Present were: Anne Muldowney, vice-chairperson; Seán Crudden, secretary; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson; Leonard Hatrick PC, president; Francis McCormack; Domini Turley.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read aloud by Leonard Hatrick. The minutes were adopted unanimously on the proposal of Leonard seconded by the Archbishop.
The article The Danish Girl http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105651 written by Seán was read aloud by Anne Muldowney. Anne received compliments on the way she read the article. There was some discussion on the meaning of the word “ersatz.”
Seán read aloud a series of e-mails, one from Olga Kalina chirperson of ENUSP, dealing with BPE’s proposal to disinvite the WPA congress in Berlin slated for 2017. IMPERO seems happy to back the proposal of the German organisation BPE. However there is no intention of dictating to ENUSP what its attitude should be.
There was some discussion about the power of psychiatry. It was felt that it dominates the legal profession and human rights organisations. Fear is used to control people the way it used to be used in the Catholic Church and in the police. Anne Muldowney asserted, “the one thing patients should not have is fear.”
IMPERO has closed its account in Ulster Bank and opened instead a post office account in Jenkinstown PO. To withdraw cash from the account two signatures are required. Sean Crudden. +M.D. Hynes. There is €310 in the account.
Seán Crudden read aloud his journal for 13, 14, 15 December 2015 the days he attended the ENUSP empowerment seminar organised by MHE in Brussels. “Interesting,” Leonard Hatrick commented.
The date 11 June 2016 was chosen for this year’s General Assembly of IMPERO. Leonard will try to arrange a venue in Ardee subject to obtaining the correct indemnity insurance.
Leonard raised the practical problem of patients in Ardee Mental Hospital being forced by the smoking ban to go out to the gates of the hospital on the Kells road to smoke.