Healthy Offaly Plan 2018-2020

Councillor John Clendennen launches Healthy Offaly Plan 2018-2020

Councillor John Clendennen, Chairperson of Offaly Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) launched the Healthy Offaly Plan 2018-2020 in Tullamore Municipal District offices on the 14th June 2018. The Healthy Offaly Plan is an evidence based plan which supports the implementation of the national Healthy Ireland strategy at a local level. The Healthy Offaly Plan seeks to build upon the Healthy Ireland strategic vision:  “A healthy Ireland where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and well-being to their full potential.”

The goal of the Healthy Offaly Plan is to improve the health and wellbeing of all in County Offaly by:

  • Raising awareness & supporting the Healthy Ireland programme through funding of community-based activities
  • Facilitating cross-sectoral & partnership networks that promote health and wellbeing
  • Adding value to existing health promotion initiatives through Healthy Ireland resources
  • Supporting health & wellbeing of the most disadvantaged groups and areas, and those experiencing significant health inequalities

 Key priorities of the Healthy Offaly Plan include providing supports to promote physical activity and mental health, in addition to a number of actions to tackle alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse, sexual health issues and healthy weight.

County Offaly is a member of the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network, which is a global World Health Organization (WHO) movement. It involves Local Authorities working to improve health and wellbeing through political commitment, working in partnership with local stakeholders and supporting innovative projects.

Healthy Offaly Plan 2018-2020

Offaly LCDC Members at the Launch of the Healthy Offaly Strategy:

Front L-R: Rebekah Keaveny, Environmental Rep; Roisin Lennon, OLDC; John Clendennen, LCDC Chairperson; Declan Harvey, LCDC Vice Chair;  Jimmy Todd, Community & Voluntary Rep; Margaret Murphy, Social Inclusion Rep; Liz Fleming, Social Inclusion Rep. Back: Frank Heslin, Offaly County Council; Brendan O’Loughlin, OLDC; Christina Byrne, Slieve Bloom Rural Dev Co-operative; Con Feighery, Teagasc; Dominic Doheny, Construction Industry Federation; Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick, Offaly County Council; Sinead McDonagh, Community & Voluntary; Paula Donovan, Community Section, Offaly County Council.

Healthy Offaly Team

Members of the Healthy Offaly Team:

Eamon Henry, Offaly Sports Partnership; Brendan O’Loughlin, OLDC; Brian Pey, Community Section, Offaly County Council; Roisin Lennon, OLDC; John Clendennen, LCDC Chairperson; Bridie Costello Hynes, Offaly PPN Network; Josephine Rigney, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Laois-Offaly; Paula Donovan, Community Section, Offaly County Council; Dermot Egan, Community Section, Offaly County Council.