Press Release

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy addresses UK/Ireland event on Health Inequalities

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, today addressed an Ireland and UK collaborative event in Dublin Castle on health inequalities and the influence of work on the wellbeing of people.

The event was organised by the UK/Ireland Collaborative on Health Inequalities and was hosted by the Department of Health. The Collaborative was founded by Professor Michael Marmot, who has led a significant body of work internationally examining the social determinants of health. The event aimed to highlight and share good evidence and practice around supporting a healthier workforce and creating healthier workplaces.

Minister Corcoran Kennedy said, “Making our workplaces healthier is a focus of our work under Healthy Ireland. Improving health and wellbeing often comes down to people making small changes in their lifestyles and behaviours, and the places where we work can play an important part in making the healthier choice the easier one. Workplaces and employers can support and promote the physical mental and social wellbeing of their employees, with knock-on benefits for the health of the wider community”.

The Minister went on to say that reducing health inequalities is also a key goal of Healthy Ireland. “Reducing health inequalities requires us to take a whole of Government approach and involve all sectors in society in tackling the many determinants which can lead to negative health outcomes. It is also important that we work to support and empower families and communities to improve the quality of their lives. Events such as this are valuable in allowing us to share experiences and ideas and learn from each other in this important work”.

The event was attended by public health and wellbeing organisations in Ireland and the UK, and a range of Healthy Ireland cross-sectoral stakeholder organisations.