Press Release

Minister Catherine Byrne launches Healthy Limerick

Minister Catherine Byrne, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, today officially launched Healthy Limerick. Limerick City and County Council has become a member of the National Healthy City and Counties Network, which is an initiative of Healthy Ireland.

The Healthy Cities and Counties approach to health involves local authorities working in partnership with local stakeholders to improve health and wellbeing for all.

Minister Byrne commented: “Healthy Ireland identifies the need for ‘whole of government’ and ‘whole of society’ support as critical success factors in its implementation.  And in particular, it emphasises the key roles which local stakeholders play in that partnership. I believe that we cannot achieve the vision of Healthy Ireland without the involvement of every Local Authority in Ireland, and particularly the involvement of Local Community Development Committees. Improving health and wellbeing requires systematic change, and your work on Healthy Limerick demonstrates a commitment to making that happen.”

Limerick Local Community Development Committee has developed a Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) to promote the wellbeing and quality of life of all citizens and communities in Limerick through a range of integrated goals, objectives and actions.

As a subcommittee of the Limerick Local Community Development Committee, the Healthy Limerick Steering Group is about supporting and linking actions in the LECP and associated strategies such as Healthy Ireland and the National Physical Activity Plan.

Minister Byrne also launched the Model of Social Connectedness at the event today. Healthy Limerick have taken Social Connectedness is their theme and their model is broken down into four actions.

  • Cultivating places and spaces for connectedness
  • Encouraging active participation in the community
  • Facilitating social connectedness during life transitions
  • Fostering a culture of connectedness

Notes to the Editor

The National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network is under the aegis of Healthy Ireland, the Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. The Healthy Cities project is a global World Health Organization (WHO) movement, set up initially in 1987 with eleven individual cities. The concept is based on the importance of local action and the key role of local governments and Local Authorities in health and sustainable development.