Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (185)

Louise O'Reilly


185. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the breakdown of the spending and funding allocated to and by the Healthy Ireland Fund since its inception; the way in which the fund was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20563/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

In July 2016 Government approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund and subsequently provided an initial allocation of €5 million in Budget 2017 to kick-start its establishment. A further €5 million has been approved in Budget 2018 for the Fund. 

The Healthy Ireland Fund is intended as an innovative mechanism to stimulate and support inter-sectoral action and partnership working to implement Healthy Ireland, the national framework to improve health and wellbeing.  It is aimed at supporting evidence-based initiatives to support implementation of key policies and strategies under Healthy Ireland, including the Obesity Policy and Action Plan, the National Physical Activity Plan, Tobacco Free Ireland, the Sexual Health Strategy and others, and will have a focus in supporting measures aimed at children and young families and disadvantaged groups or communities.

The Department has contracted Pobal, the not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU, to administer the Fund on their behalf. Both the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Rural and Community Development made contributions to the Fund in 2017.

The First strand of funding of €4.1 million was offered to Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) and Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSCs) and every local authority area made an application and received funding.  This funding is being used to support local implementation of health and wellbeing actions from Local Economic and Community Plans and Children and Young People's Plans that align with Healthy Ireland and Better Outcomes and Brighter Futures.

The second strand of funding of around €1.35 million included a range of projects to support the National Physical Activity Plan, with a particular focus on supporting children and other groups to avail of opportunities to access and participate in various initiatives. This includes cycling and swimming initiatives, a Young Athletes Programme with Special Olympics, and a significant expansion of the Active School Flag physical activity programme in schools around the country. The Healthy Ireland at Your Library initiative to develop the country’s library network as health and wellbeing hubs in communities was also funded.

The 2017 Fund was apportioned in the following manner:

Strand I – Local

Children and Young Persons Services Committees (CYPSC):



Carlow CYPSC




Cork City CYPSC


Dublin City North CPYSC


Dublin City South CYPSC


Galway CYPSC




Kilkenny CYPSC


Limerick CYPSC






Roscommon CYPSC


Sligo Leitrim CYPSC


South Dublin CYPSC


Waterford CYPSC


Wexford CYPSC


Wicklow CYPSC


Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs):



Carlow LCDC


Cavan LCDC


Cork City LCDC


Dublin City LCDC


Galway City LCDC


Galway County LCDC


Kerry LCDC


Kilkenny LCDC


Laois LCDC


Leitrim LCDC


Limerick LCDC


Longford LCDC


Louth LCDC


Meath LCDC


Offaly LCDC


Roscommon LCDC


Sligo LCDC


South Dublin LCDC


Waterford LCDC


Wexford LCDC


Wicklow LCDC


Joint LCDC and CYPSC



Clare LCDC and CYPSC


Cork County (North, South and West) LCDC


Donegal LCDC and CYPSC


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown LCDC and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown CYPSC


Fingal LCDC and CYPSC




Laois/Offaly CYPSC




Monaghan LCDC and CYPSC


Monaghan LCDC and CYPSC


Total: Strand I – Local:                             €4,147,413

Strand II – National



Sport Ireland


Special Olympics Young Athletes Programme


Great Dublin Bike Ride


Operation Transformation


National Fitness Day


Get Ireland Swimming


Get Ireland Walking


Get Ireland Cycling


Cycle Right


Children Sport Participation and Physical Activity follow up study 2017-2018


Local Government Management Agency (Libraries Development)


Mayo Education Centre (Active School Flag)


Total: Strand II – National                                      €1,351,795

TOTAL Apportioned Overall                                   €5,499,208

Funding decisions for 2017 were made by a committee comprised of senior officials representing several government departments.  The next round of funding is currently out for a call for proposals.  My officials are currently awaiting a more detailed expenditure report from Pobal on the 2017 Fund.