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Cork City and County Mayors meet to explore Cork as a Healthy County

The Mayors of Cork City Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and Cork County Cllr. Seamus McGrath met yesterday to discuss the development of Cork as a World Health Organisation Healthy County.  Cork City has been designated by the World Health Organisation as a European Healthy City since January 2012.  The Mayoral discussion focussed on how Cork City has embraced, celebrated and supported the evidence that health is influenced by where a person lives, their income, their level of education, their culture, and accessibility of public services.  Discussion explored the potential to expand this commitment beyond the city and into the county. 

‘With the significant development in 2013 of Healthy Ireland – the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing – the WHO Healthy Cities model in the context of the Local Community Development Committees has been identified as the way to develop key partnerships at local level to implement Healthy Ireland’ said Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Co-ordinator. 

Cllr. Seamus McGrath congratulated Cork City on having the vision to be involved in the WHO Healthy Cities for the past five years and for making a commitment to work to become healthier places for all. He added that “as an elected member of a Local Authority I know that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation. I know the influence and reach that Local Authorities, in particular the recently formed Local Community Development Committees, have in every community and I see huge potential for them to contribute to building a healthier Ireland”. 

Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, who has been a committed political representative on the local, national and European Healthy Cities Network, explained that “The influences on health such as employment, environment, housing, transport and food supply are varied and complex.  To address health issues and promote health, it is important to take a multi-agency approach.”   Cllr. Fitzgerald added that “the potential for Cork City and County to collaborate on our efforts is great and I would be delighted to see the County embrace this model of working” 

Other counties in Ireland to receive accreditation to the WHO National Healthy Cities and Counties Network are South Dublin County and County Offaly. 

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Photo(from l-r): David Joyce (Director of Services, Environment & Recreation, Cork City Council ), Sharon Corcoran (Director of Services, Economic Development & Tourism, Cork County Council) Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Cork County Mayor Cllr. Seamus McGrath, Rebecca Loughrey (Social Inclusion Specialist) and Denise Cahill (Healthy Cities Co-ordinator, HSE)


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