Archive for June, 2015

IMPERO General Assembly, 2015

June 15, 2015


Arhbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, Leonard Hatrick PC, Mark Doran, Edward S Crudden: pictured in the community facility, Tesco Extra, after the General Assembly

Photo: Sean Crudden

The General Assembly of IMPERO for 2015 took place in the community facility, Tesco Extra, Dundalk, starting at 14:00 on Saturday 13 June 2015.


  1. Minutes of General Assembly 2014
  2. Matters Arising
  3. Correspondence with Olga Kalina, chairperson of ENUSP
  4. Financial Report
  5. Election of officers and selection of mentor for the coming year
  6. Strategy
  7. Any other business

Present: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes, Leonard Hatrick, Mark Doran, Sean Crudden, Edward S Crudden

Apologies: Michael O’Hanlon, Peter Murphy, Anne Muldowney, Kevin McGeough, Paul Smyth

Someone said that the EC is dominated by international drug companies.  Another remarked that the structure of the country affects mental health e.g. austerity.  Everyone agreed that there is no evidence that the European Union is doing anything to advance in Ireland the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

IMPERO reserve business account is in credit to the tune of €307.27.

It was felt that residential facilities like Ardee Mental Hospital should be kept open because many mental patients are operating at reduced capacity due to the effects of medication and increasing age and should not be expected to fend for themselves.

The following officers were elected unanimously.  President; Leonard Hatrick PC: Chairperson; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD: Vice-chairperson; Anne M. Muldowney: Secretary; Sean Crudden B.Sc., H dip in Ed: Treasurer; Kevin McGeough BBS: Auditor; Edward S. Crudden B Comm.

Paul Smyth was selected as mentor of IMPERO for the coming year.

The Autumn interim meeting was fixed for Saturday 24 October 2015 starting at 14:00 in Brian Muldoon’s Restaurant, Ardee.  The Spring interim meeting will be held in the community facility, Tesco Extra, Dundalk, starting at 14:00 on Saturday 20 February 2016.

Derek Pepper’s radio show on mental health on Dundalk FM 100 was mentioned.  Mark said there was a necessity to reduce suicide rates.  Sean promised to keep members up-to-date on the progress of ARI (Advancing Recovery in Ireland).

The meeting was unanimous in congratulating Leonard on his recent appointment as a Peace Commissioner.


Sean Crudden, secretary and founder of IMPERO, pictured after the meeting.

Photo: Leonard Hatrick