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Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013–2025, is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in Ireland. Healthy Ireland was developed in response to a number of significant public health challenges, including significant projected increases in levels of preventable chronic disease and growing heath inequalities. Healthy Ireland asserts that population health and wellbeing is critical for our social, economic and cultural progress, and our overall quality of life. It recognises the requirement for a ‘whole of Government’ approach to addressing the social determinants and predictors of health and wellbeing, many of which fall outside the health sector, e.g. housing, transportation, education, workplaces and environment along with an individual’s socio‑economic status. Healthy Ireland also provides for an inclusive, inter-sectoral approach to improve population health and wellbeing by shifting our emphasis to prevention, and to empowering individuals and communities to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing.



A Healthy Ireland, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility 



  1. Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
  2. Reduce health inequalities
  3. Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
  4. Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland


Ethical Principles

  • Equity
  • Fairness
  • Proportionality
  • Openness and Accountability
  • Solidarity
  • Sustainability


The 3 main areas are

  1. Eat well – improved diet and dietary awareness
  2. Think well – improved mental well being
  3. Be well – improved physical well being


Donegal LCDC

Each local authority has set up a Local Community Development Committee to develop, co-ordinate and implement local and community development programmes and one of the objectives of the Donegal Local Community Development Committee is to help create and sustain a healthy place for people to be born, grow, live, work and age in, through the development and implementation of the Healthy Ireland programme in County Donegal.


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Launch of Foróige 'Fit Fest' funded by the Healthy Ireland Fund

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Foroige Launch

Ms. Margaret Fitzgerald, Healthy Donegal Coordinator, Donegal County Council, celebrating the launch of Foroige Donegal 'Fit Fest', Action 1 of the Programme of Works, funded by the Healthy Ireland Fund through Donegal LCDC and the Donegal CYPSC.  


The first of the ‘Foroige Fit Fest’ events commenced with a social distance 5k walk to celebrate the Summer Solstice in June. Each Foróige participant wore a specially made purple t-shirt to connect people regardless of whether they walked together in small groups or with a family member or friend in their own area.  

The Summer Solstice walk is followed by a second event in July “Tunes and Chats” social event with the final event in August capturing all things that represent “Hope in a Pandemic”. This art piece will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.  All young people that take part in all three events will get special recognition. 

Speaking at the launch, Susan McLoughlin Foroige Project Leader, said: “By the end of the summer our aim is that every young person that engages in our Foróige projects and services will be more confident, feel reconnected to their friends and to their community and ready to face the challenges ahead with increased resilience and strength knowing that we are fully behind them, supporting them all the way”.

‘Fit Fest’ is one of 12 actions supported through the Donegal Local Community Development Committee, Healthy Ireland Programme – a government-led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland. For more information on Healthy Ireland and Healthy Donegal see icons below


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‘The Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs’


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Tobacco Free Campus

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Tobacco Free Campus

Pictured L-R Back: Anne McAteer - Health Promotion & Improvement / Health & Wellbeing Manager, HSE, Maresa McGettigan, Health Promotion & Improvement Officer, Fiona Boyle Health Promotion & Improvement Officer. Front: L-R: Margaret Fitzgerald, Healthy Donegal Coordinator, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Chair of the Donegal LCDC


World Tobacco Day 2021 takes place this week. Every week smoking causes 100 deaths and over 1,000 hospital admissions in Ireland. One in every two people who smokes will die from a tobacco-related disease. A person who smokes can also expect to lose 10 years of life. 


Ireland’s Tobacco Free Ireland Strategy, sets a target for Ireland to have a smoking prevalence of less than 5% by 2025 (the current rate is 17%). Two of the underpinning objectives running through the strategy are to: 


• Protect children and denormalise tobacco use, and

• Offer help to quit tobacco use. 


In 2009, Donegal County Council recognised the need for a shift towards the denormalisation of smoking and was the first local authority to introduce Smoke Free Playgrounds in Ireland. In 2021, this is considered normal. Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) at its meeting on 18th May, approved a proposal to further promote the denormalisation of smoking, vaping and tobacco use across all county council facilities, by becoming a tobacco free campus from 30th September 2021. 


If you would like help to give up smoking contact support services are available - contact 
Fiona Boyle on 087 2514790
Maresa McGetttigan on 086 0492465


#QuittingIsWinning #NotAroundUs #SmokeFreeCampus


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