Autumn Interim Meeting: 13 October 2012

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Autumn Interim Meeting 2012

The Autumn 2012 interim meeting of IMPERO took place in the old school, Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth, at 14.00 on Saturday 13 October 2012. The meeting lasted about 1 hour.

Present: Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney, chairperson; Archbishop Michael D. Hynes OMD PhD, joint-treasurer; Joan Hardy, mentor; Seán Crudden, secretary; Eric Cuthbert.

Apologies: Edward S. Crudden; Kevin McGeough, joint-treasurer; Michael Farrelly, vice chairperson; Dermot Mooney, joint-treasurer.

The meeting opened with a prayer recited by the secretary.

Those attending watched a film profiling IMPERO. The film had the advantage that it was short. The secretary suggested that IMPERO should make use of the opportunity, if one arose, to make another short film.

The secretary reported that IMPERO has lodged an application for ECOSOC status with the UN.

The secretary reported that changes in the leadership of ENUSP are currently taking place. He will not be attending the forthcoming conference of ENUSP in Zagreb from 19 to 21 October.

The secretary undertook to organise a meeting of joint treasurers of IMPERO in the wake of the meeting of Cooley Environmental and Health Group which is slated for 25 November 2012.

It was felt that medicine is an inaccurate form of science. Practitioners are not going to rock the boat. Money is a big consideration in psychiatry. “Incorporate scientific thinking into the medical world to create a more positive outcome for the patient,” is the way the chairperson summed up the discussion.

“Mental Health: Peers in Progress,” is the title of the 13th annual winter workshop to be run by Cooley Environmental and Health Group which will take place on 26 January 2013. The basic conundrum is, “How do you help people?” the secretary suggested. He mentioned the 5th and 6th Stations of The Cross: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross; Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. “Simon and Veronica are the two most loved saints in the New Testament,” Seán stated, “because the help they gave was direct, practical, uncomplicated.” Several members of IMPERO present indicated that they would be participating in the workshop

Reporting about the North Louth Joint Policing Committee of which he is a member the Archbishop, who is the IMPERO representative on the committee, mentioned contradictory statistics, unreported crime, intimidation, twisting figures. The committee meets 4 times per year in The Town Hall, Dundalk. The next committee meeting will be followed by a public meeting.

The Spring interim meeting was fixed for 14.00 on 23 February 2013 in The Old Schoolhouse, Bellurgan. It was suggested that those attending might bring some food, etc.

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