Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1536, 1537)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

1536. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Health if he has held meetings with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport or other Ministers to discuss the possibility of incentivising persons to combine public transport with walking and cycling. [33297/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

1537. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Health his views on launching new promotional campaigns, incentive schemes or both to encourage persons to combine public transport usage with active modes of transport such as walking and cycling to promote public health. [33298/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1536 and 1537 together.

Encouraging members of the public to walk, cycle, and/or take public transport is an important part of supporting opportunities for physical activity in daily life, particularly given that many people spend considerable time at work and commuting to work.

Promoting greater levels of physical activity, including through active travel, is a key theme under the Healthy Ireland initiative and the National Physical Activity Plan.

The ongoing Healthy Ireland communications campaign seeks to raise public awareness of Healthy Ireland as the place to go for trusted sources of information and supports, to help people get started on making healthy changes, including being more physically active.

In addition, officials from my Department have met with colleagues from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the National Transport Authority with a view to developing a promotional campaign of the type referred to by the Deputy.

Discussions are ongoing as to how best to progress this.