Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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433. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to encourage active travel modes to and from work in his Department and public bodies and agencies that operate under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17379/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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In general terms, pre and post pandemic, staff in my Department are encouraged and facilitated to use active travel to commute to work in the following ways:

- The Cycle to Work scheme is available and promoted to staff.

- Miesian Plaza has secure and plentiful bicycle parking and facilities.

- The Travel Pass scheme incentivises staff to use public transport which in turn encourages them to walk or cycle to and from train stations and bus stops.

- When the Department moved to our new headquarters in Miesian Plaza we reduced our available car parking spaces to further encourage staff to cycle or walk to work.

To encourage and facilitate employees to stay active, wellbeing guidance and advice is communicated on a regular basis, and all staff are reminded to take regular breaks.

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in respect of the staff of the HSE and Section 38 agencies under their remit. The information relating to the Non-Commercial State Agencies under the remit of my Department is being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy by separate cover.


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