Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the Joint Committee on Health, 22nd February 2017

**Check Against Delivery** Chairman, Committee Members I am pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you once again. I am joined today by my Ministerial colleagues: Finian McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities,  Catherine Byrne, Minister for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Minister for Health Promotion.

Speech by Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy – Taxation and other economic incentives as health-promoting tools: a focus on tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy diets

*check against delivery* Introduction Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you to Professor Amandine Garde and the University of Liverpool for inviting me here today.  I am delighted to open this conference examining the important role that price policies play in tackling non communicable diseases.  I look forward to hearing the impressive range of speakers,

Speech by Minister Harris at the launch of the National Patient Safety Office

**check against delivery** Introduction Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at this National Patient Safety Conference. Today, in a venue that has been at the heart of Irish history for over 800 years, we are marking a significant event for our patients, the public and health service providers.  Today, I

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