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

16 Mar 2012
IPH responded to the Seanad Consultation Committee on the consultation topic ‘Changes in lifestyle can prevent approximately one third of cancers.  How does Government and Society respond to this challenge?’.
15 Mar 2012
IPH responded to the Department for Regional Development consultation Building an Active Travel Future for Northern Ireland, March 2012
22 Feb 2012
On 17 November 2011, the First Minister and deputy First Minister published the draft Programme for Government 2011-2015 for consultation.
26 Jan 2012
Request to participate in an expert group review of child health research gaps and priorities in Ireland and Northern Ireland
22 Dec 2011
IPH responded to the Department of Justice, Equality and Defence review of the voluntary Code of Practice for the display and sale of alcohol in supermarkets, convenience stores and similar mixed trading outlets.