Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (536)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

536. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the national physical activity plan implementation group; if it continues to oversee the progress of the plan; the frequency with which the group has met from the start of 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2497/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

An Implementation Group was established in 2016 to progress the recommendations of the National Physical Activity Plan. It is co-chaired by the Departments of Health and Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

It includes representatives from the Departments of Education, Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and Rural and Community Development. The HSE, Sport Ireland, the Federation of Irish Sport, the Local Government Management Association and the academic sector are also represented.

The Group met twice online in 2020, in May and in December, and will continue to meet and oversee the final elements of implementation in 2021.

Given the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Group has decided to formally extend the end date of the National Physical Activity Plan to the end of 2021.