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Consultation on Mental/Legal Capacity; Greenore G.C., August 2011

August 29, 2011


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A consultative meeting took place in Greenore GC starting at 14.00 on Saturday 27 August 2011.  The topic was mental/legal capacity.  A letter from Finbar Toal about a placement with IMPERO under the Tús scheme was shown around, read, discussed.  The meeting heard that Ita Daly had agreed to take up the office of president of IMPERO according to the terms decided at the general meeting in Omeath in June this year.  Joan Hardy kindly agreed to be mentor to IMPERO for another two years again according to the decision of the general meeting in June.  The meeting began with an informal prayer spoken by the Archbishop asking for guidance from the world of the spirit.

Present were: Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney, chairperson; Kevin Hynes, committee; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, joint-treasurer; Joan Hardy, mentor; Seán Crudden, secretary.

Apologies: Dermot Mooney, vice-chairperson; Kevin McGeough, joint treasurer.

What follows is simply a transcript of the notes I took during what was a lively and fluent discussion.  There will be no formal minutes because the meeting was extra-curricular and informal.

Disband Leader

Cut funding

Work from home


Costs less for work at home

Ita Daly

Joan Hardy

If you can drive a car you can make decisions



Can’t read and write

What is normal?

Mooner, Head-the-ball.

Chocolate mad in the head?

If you don’t know where you are going any road will do.

No unique way to make decisions

Make as much decisions themselves as possible


The rules and regulations covering physical restraint should be broadened to cover chemical restraint.

Make informed decisions

Given more than one option

Doctor decides

Any treatment has to be given for the patient’s benefit


Acute phase a high hill to climb to make decisions

Mental illness diverse

Best person to make the decision


Lunacy Act 1871

Capacity and Guardianship Bill 2007


IMPERO is grateful to Greenore GC for the use of their salubrious and excellent facilities for this meeting.  The next meeting of IMPERO will be the formal interim meeting which will take place DV in late November probably in Greenore.