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Environmental Information needs to be shared on all-Ireland basis

5 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Billy Page has said that the time is right for the monitoring of Health and Environmental data to be done on an all Ireland basis.

He also welcomed the pilot project between Derry City Council and Donegal Council to share information.

Speaking after a report on the issue to Derry City Council Councillor Page said,

"Across the island there are several different formats to record environmental issues and many are not compatible which results in delay of important information such as food withdrawals to other areas.

"I welcome the report that states 'Therefore the time may now be opportune to consider the possibility of designing and commissioning a system that would be suitable for use across the whole island. This would, as well as providing economies of scale, also allow transfer of vital Health and Environmental data across all sites, which would be of considerable benefit because Health and Environment issues do not respect national boundaries.

"The implementation of a Standardised Environment and Health System between the two jurisdictions would, potentially, provide business benefits and savings to both areas.

"Ease and speed of sharing and exchanging information on Health and Environment issues throughout the island would have considerable benefit in terms of quality and speed of service delivery, as well as human resource savings. Such harmonisation would also provide a more accessible service to the population of the island as well as a more effective, population health based, method of delivering such services.

"I also welcome the fact that Derry City Council and Donegal will embark on a pilot scheme that will allow for the exchanging of information and hope that this can be expanded across the island so that protection of the population is made more secure." ENDS

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