Spring 2013 Interim Meeting, The Old Schoolhouse, Bellurgan

The interim meeting took place in the old schoolhouse, Bellurgan, on an arctic easterly dry afternoon, 23 February 2013.  The meeting which lasted less than an hour commenced at 14.00.

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Apologies from Joan Hardy, mentor, and Michael Farrelly, vice-chairperson.

Attendance: Anne M. Muldowney,chairperson; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD Ph D, joint treasurer; Kevin McGeough, joint treasurer; Seán Crudden, secretary.

The secretary read his journal for 21/22/23/24 January 2013 the time he attended the European Patients’ Forum seminar in Hotel Bloom, Brussels.  The theme of the seminar was around eHealth.  There were no comments on the reading.

The meeting decided unanimously that Seán Crudden, on behalf of IMPERO, should continue to participate in the UN on-line consultations about “The World We Want 2015.”

The result of last year’s IMPERO application for ECOSOC consultative status with the UN should come out later on this year.

The Cooley Environmental and Health Group’s winter workshop “Mental Health: Peers in Progress” held on 26 January 2013 was well attended, up to standard, helpful to IMPERO.  The chairperson drew attention to a peer initiative in The Community School, Tralee, Co Kerry.  It was resolved to request Michael Corrigan whose paper to the workshop was impressive to handle the  Peers in Progress initiative on behalf of IMPERO.  The feeling of the meeting was that we should start close to home by consulting Co. Louth VEC.

It was decided to try to make an application to The Community Foundation for Ireland for funding to run an educational project on Stigma.

Reporting on the affairs of the joint policing committee for North Louth and Dundalk the Archbishop called for more constructive meetings.

The meeting approved the secretary’s initiative and discussions with Sinéad Fearon of Co. Louth VEC concerning an adult education proposal.

The secretary informed the meeting that he had a phone call before lunch from Erik Olsen, chairperson of ENUSP.  Erik was calling from The Gibson Hotel, Dublin, where he is attending an event organised by the European Disability Federation.  Erik is staying in Jury’s Hotel, Parnell Street.

Seán and the Archbishop will attend a Smashing Times drama school, 8/9 March 2013, in the Town Hall, Dundalk.  The theme of the school is the question whether women are victims or agitators?

The nomination of Dermot Mooney for election to the disability pillar of Co. Louth Community and Voluntary Forum was approved.

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