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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Health

Departmental Funding

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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305. To ask the Minister for Health the funding for Healthy Ireland in each year since its establishment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17685/21]

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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The Health and Wellbeing Programme in my Department is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Healthy Ireland which is the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025. Healthy Ireland is based on evidence and experience from around the world which clearly shows that to create positive changes in health and wellbeing takes the involvement of the whole of Government and all of society working in unison. Since Healthy Ireland was launched in March 2013, my Department has developed several policies and strategies to support population health and wellbeing, including those on obesity, physical activity, sexual health, tobacco and alcohol. Given the wider “health in all policies” approach of Healthy Ireland, investment across multiple sectors, through Government Departments and their agencies and in wider society, all contributes to broad health and wellbeing in the spirit of the Healthy Ireland Framework. Since its establishment the expenditure of my Department on Healthy Ireland per annum is as follows:

2013 €89,000;

2014 €586,000;

2015 €607,000;

2016 €1,156,000;

2017 €5,997,000;

2018 €5,587,000;

2019 €7,498,000;

2020 €7,331,000.

It is important to note that expenditure increased significantly in 2017 upon the establishment of the Healthy Ireland Fund. In addition to the Healthy Ireland Fund, expenditure is used for a number of initiatives, including the Healthy Ireland Survey.


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