Impero Spring Interim Meeting 2020

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Edith Cahill and Leonard Hatrick pictured after the meeting

Photo: Sean Crudden

The Spring Interim Meeting of IMPERO for 2020 took place in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Lower Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland, on Saturday 22 February 2020 starting at 14:00.  IMPERO is grateful to Fr. Stephen Duffy PP, Lordship and Ballymascanlon, for his permission to use the facility.

Attendance: Leonard Hatrick, President; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, Chairperson; Edith Cahill; Sean Crudden, Secretary/Treasurer

No apologies were received.

The Archbishop thanked everyone for taking the trouble to attend and opened proceedings with a short extempore prayer asking Jesus to send the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we have a successful meeting which will do something for mental patients.

The secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 12 October 2019, from his mobile phone.

There followed a wide-ranging discussion about the Recovery College.  Sean said patients were expected to adapt, adjust, compromise; while the psychiatrist’s formula remained unrelenting, rigid.  The word recovery which looms large in the modern mental health lexicon is a lie.  It is not possible to contradict HSE policy.  So the courses provided by the College are likely to be like minding sheep.  There is little hope that the required ferment will occur to make this a genuinely educational departure.

The meeting concluded with a cup of tea made by the secretary who provided some KitKat.

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Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, pictured after the meeting

Photo: Sean Crudden

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Sean Crudden

Photo: Edith Cahill

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