The Strand Hotel, Omeath - home for most of our meetings
Meetings of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group, are held every two months or so, usually in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. Summaries of this year's meetings appear below with the most recent appearing towards the top of the page.
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For reports on the Annual Workshops please select the Workshops link.
For information on the Cancer Conference follow the Cancer link.
The minutes are always carefully scrutinised before being accepted
On other business, Dermot Mooney reported that he had decided not to put his name forward to serve on the Louth PPN, even though there was now another vacancy. The next meeting is scheduled for 10th September.
There was a lengthy discussion about the Louth Public Participation Network (PPN). Dermot Mooney is to explore the website (Louthppn.ie) before deciding whether to engage further on behalf of the group.
Sean Crudden reported on talks he had held with potential speakers for next year's Annual Workshop. Although receiving a few setbacks, his discussions opened up contacts with several new potential speakers. Although we are currently looking at something to do with mental health, it is still unclear what form the Workshop would take. Although a talk on the history of the Ardee facility is an attractive possibility, it was felt we should try to find some way to broaden out the topic to allow more discussion from the floor. One option might be to hold a discussion on the future of mental health services based on our experiences with the past? Have we, for example, moved too far from institutionalisation? Do institutions still have a role to play, and if so what would be the ideal balance between institutions and community services?
The meeting closed after conducting a few housekeeping matters.
Some initial discussion was held about possible topics for next year's Workshop. Sean Crudden suggested that something on the history of the mental health facilities in Ardee would make an interesting topic. He further suggested that we might attempt to commission a study by a local expert, to be loaded up on this website in advance of the Workshop. This of course would be dependent upon our nominated expert being willing to do such a study. Sean is to approach the person we have in mind to see if he would be willing to undertake such a study. Two other possible topics were briefly discussed as possible fall-backs should our first choice option not prove feasible.
The website manager reported that our putative mapping project had hit something of a brick wall, but noted that a new page had been added to the website containing links to a other sites providing maps of health-related data. This may be viewed here.
A provisional timetable for six meetings to be held before the next Workshop was agreed. The 2018 Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, 27th January at 2pm.
Seán Crudden and Michael Desmond Hynes were interviewed by Michael Duffy about the Workshop on the Morning programme on Dundalk FM 100. It was felt the interview went very well.