The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Community Development Committee (DLR LCDC) and The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (DLR CYPSC) were delighted to launch the “Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Plan 2019-2022” on May 9th in Marlay Park.
The plan was launched in conjunction with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership’s “Daily Mile” event which saw over 1,300 children from schools across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown come to Marlay Park to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.
Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland. The Healthy Ireland fund is provided to LCDC’s and CYPSC’s across Ireland to support the health and wellbeing needs of each county in Ireland.
The Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Plan 2019-2022 was resourced through the Department of Health ‘Healthy Ireland” funding received by the DLR LCDC and CYPSC. The development of this plan was led by the Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Steering Committee which included cross-sectoral representation from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Health Service Executive, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC), Southside Partnership DLR, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, University College Dublin and TUSLA Child & Family Agency.
The plan aims to support the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in becoming a healthier county by working to achieve its vision “where the Community of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is supported to access opportunities to achieve good physical health and positive mental health and wellbeing”. Following a consultation process a number of key health and wellbeing needs were identified for the County of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown. The Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Plan 2019-2022 identifies eight priorities to support the health and wellbeing of the County. These priorities will be achieved through collaborative working with appropriate partners in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. These eight priorities are:
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Healthy County
- Physical Health and Activity
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Children and Young People
- Age Friendly
An Chathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Ossian Smyth said that “It is envisaged that the Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Plan 2019-2022, together with a range of national and local policies, programmes and plans, will support Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s vision to achieve a Healthy County. This plan sets out a number of priorities through which healthy choices can easily be accessed by all the community, regardless of age, location or socio-economic background.”
Greg Straton, Department of Health delivering a speech on behalf of Minister Catherine Byrne T.D.
Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D said of the launch of the Healthy Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County plan “Healthy Ireland emphasises the key role of local stakeholders in making the changes necessary to increase the number of people who are healthy at all stages of their lives. The Healthy Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County Plan is an excellent example of a whole community coming together with a common focus to achieving a healthier county. I wish the Healthy Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown Steering Committee every success in addressing the many priorities identified in the plan."