Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (537)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

537. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the national physical activity plan 2019 summary progress report; when it will be completed and published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2498/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Drafting of the annual Summary Progress Report of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) requires the collation of annual progress made on all 60 actions of the Report and consequently requires input from the wide array of stakeholders and partners represented on the NPAP Implementation Group.

These include the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Department of Education, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the Department of Education, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Local Government Management Agency, the Health Service Executive, Sport Ireland, the Federation of Irish Sport and representatives of the academic and research community.

Many of our partners were forced to redeploy staff resources to address the challenges posed by the onset of Covid-19; compilation and review of the report was therefore delayed until the requisite information could be gathered and reviewed. However, the report has now been completed and its content was approved at the most recent meeting of the NPAP Implementation Group in December.

The NPAP Progress Report for 2019 is currently at the design stage. It is envisaged that the design will be reviewed and approved and the Report will be published on the Healthy Ireland website before the end of February.