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 Jun 2010
The Department of Environment (NI)  recently held a consultation on preparing a new road safety strategy for Northern Ireland which will cover the years 2010 to 2020.  The consultation ran from 16 March 2010 to 15 June 2010.  The consultation pape
19 Apr 2010
IPH recognise that housing and regeneration initiatives are key determinants of health and  and have responded to the Department for Social Development (DSD), Draft Regeneration and Housing Bill.
26 Mar 2010
Before each census the CSO engages in an extensive public consultation process. Consultation on the content of Census 2011 took place in 2008 and the content has been agreed by the Government.
5 Mar 2010
IPH made the following response to the Department of the Environment (NI) on the Draft Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7.