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No decision on future Healthy Ireland Council

The Council has 35 members from a wide range of areas including health, academia, older people, sport, non-government organisations, media, and youth and diversity groups. It is currently chaired by ex Irish Rugby star Keith Wood. The role of the Healthy Ireland Council “is to connect and mobilise communities, families, and individuals into a national movement, with a common aim to support everyone to enjoy the best possible health and wellbeing”.

The current Healthy Ireland Council is due to remain in position until May 2017.

“The issue of selecting a new Council, including the process for selecting and appointing members, will be considered in due course,” a Department of Health spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI). 

“The Healthy Ireland Council is appointed by the Minister for Health. Two members have resigned for personal reasons from the Council during its term, and have not been replaced.”

Healthy Ireland is a national framework established by the previous Government in 2013 to make Ireland a healthier nation “through cultural change, operational change, and mindset change”.

A cross-sectoral group comprised of “high-level representatives” from Government departments and State agencies is also in place to support implementation of the Healthy Ireland framework. 

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