Consultation responses


Public consultation is an important component of best practice in the policy-making process. Effective consultation processes can contribute to accountability in the policy making process, better quality policy decisions and enhanced engagement with policy implementation built upon participation in policy design. Access information on how to find government consultations from across the island here.

IPH regularly respond to relevant policy consultations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and, when relevant, internationally. This is one of the ways in which IPH influences public policy to protect and improve population health and reduce health inequalities on the island. 

We strive to develop consultation responses that are clear, accessible and evidence-based. As well as responding to consultations undertaken by lead health departments and agencies, we also respond to consultations by other sectors where we identify a clear public health concern. In this way, IPH consultation responses contribute towards a health in all policies approach on the island of Ireland. 

We subject our work in the area of consultation responses to processes of annual review and continuous quality development. We welcome feedback on our consultation responses. 

Our most recent consultation responses are listed below and can be searched by keyword and/or year. Links to the original consultation document, reports on consultation responses and final strategy/policy documents are also provided. 

Information on all European consultations can now be sourced at the Your Voice in Europe website

For further information, please contact Arlene McKay at +44 (0)28 9064 8494 or email

14 Oct 2016
In March 2016 the UK government announced its intent to introduce an industry levy on sugar sweetened drinks from April 2018. This levy is an important component of the UK’s childhood obesity strategy. To account for varying levels of sugar in these drinks, the levy will have two tiers (5grams/100ml and 8grams/100ml). A consultation has been established to set out proposals for the design and implementation of this levy; and the IPH welcomes the opportunity to respond, particularly given the announcement of a similar levy in the Republic of Ireland.
21 Sep 2016
In June 2016, the Dáil agreed to establish a Special Committee -- the Committee on the Future of Healthcare -- to achieve cross-party consensus on a single long-term vision for health care and the direction of health policy in Ireland, and to make recommendations to the Dáil in that regard
20 Sep 2016
IPH welcomes the opportunity to respond to this Draft General Commercial Communications Code from the perspective of regulating the marketing, through Irish television and radio, products and services that have the potential to impact on public health. It is well recognised that while a suite of measures is required to tackle these issues, addressing advertising and promotion is one useful element of a necessary regulatory mix. IPH has an extensive portfolio of work across a range of areas in which particular rules apply including: alcohol; food, nutrition and health; smoking cessation aids and; gambling. We have previously submitted responses to BAI consultations on the Children’s Commercial Communications Code.
30 Aug 2016
IPH welcomed the opportunity to submit our views on the proposals by Dublin City Council’s Environment and Transportation Department to adopt bye-laws to expand 30km/hr speed zones in residential and school areas across Dublin City.  
25 Jul 2016
The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) in the UK invited submissions to a consultation on food and soft drink advertising to children via non-broadcast media. IPH welcomes this consideration of tougher restrictions on the advertising of products high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) to children in the UK and Ireland who have similar access to non-broadcast media exposure across jurisdictions. Food preferences are influenced by marketing and advertising, and young people may not fully recognise the intent of marketing or demonstrate a critical understanding of advertising. Poor quality diet and overweight/obesity are significant threats to public health across Ireland and the United Kingdom. One in four children in the Republic of Ireland is either overweight or obese and in Northern Ireland, 21.2 per cent of Primary 1 children and 27.8 per cent of Year 8 children measured in 2014/2015 were considered overweight or obese.
25 Jul 2016
IPH welcomed the draft strategy and action plan from DHSSPS and the Department of Justice Improving Health within Criminal Justice. The criminal justice system is an ideal setting for addressing health inequalities through health promotion and prevention activities and it is an opportunity to provide access to health and social services to people who may otherwise have infrequent or no contact with services. It is hoped that by improving health within the criminal justice system that reoffending could be reduced through addressing the root causes of problems that have the potential to lead to criminality. 
25 Jul 2016
This Programme for Government Framework is a new approach which focuses on the major societal outcomes that the Executive wants to achieve and provides a basis for all sectors to contribute to the development of plans and actions. It is an approach which reflects international advice and well established practice. This Framework has adopted an outcomes based approach supported by indicators and measures to monitor progress.
14 Jul 2016
IPH submitted views on the Diabetes Strategic Framework Consultation in Northern Ireland in May 2016. In Northern Ireland there are 85,000 adults aged 17 and over living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  It is estimated that approximately 90% of these are living with Type 2 diabetes which is mainly preventable. The Diabetes Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan sets out the strategic direction for services for people living with diabetes and for prevention of Type 2 diabetes over the next 10 years. The Framework sets out a new model of care and promotes a public health approach to primary prevention of Type 2 diabetes which is aligned to the Department’s ‘Making Life Better’ Strategic Framework for Public Health and ‘A Fitter Future for All’ the obesity prevention framework.
11 Jul 2016
In the Republic of Ireland a new Junior Cycle curriculum is under development. This includes a new Wellbeing component. This consultation sought feedback on the Draft Guidelines for Wellbeing in the Junior Cycle. The draft guidelines propose how schools can deliver the Wellbeing component through a blend of Physical Education, Social Personal and Health Education and other activities. In our response, IPH welcomed the inclusion of Wellbeing as a core learning outcome of the Junior Cycle and made some commentary on how the design and delivery can best support children to be healthy, active and empowered to take control over their health. 
22 Jun 2016
New provisions to tackle the harm caused by drink driving in Northern Ireland were included in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill that completed its passage through the NI Assembly in January 2016. The provisions include two new lower drink drive limits, the lowest of which will apply to novice and professional drivers, together with a new graduated penalty regime. The Bill also provides for new police powers which will increase the likelihood of being stopped and tested. It also ensures that a greater number of drink drivers will complete the drink drive rehabilitation course. A programme of subordinate legislation is now required to enable implementation of the new arrangements.