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Deputy First Minister attends launch of Centre of Excellence

18 June, 2008

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today attended the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research in the North of Ireland.

The Centre, at Queen's University, will research complex public health issues such as obesity, smoking and health inequalities.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Public health is about all we do collectively - in government, as practitioners and as members of our own communities to address those issues that impact on health and well-being.

"In many of our communities there is an acceptance of poor health, and life expectancy cut short, for those living in poverty. We should not accept this, we need to bring about an end to poverty and raise the expectations of our community."

Mr McGuinness wished all those involved in the centre every success.

"The Centre of Excellence has the potential to be a very valuable resource - to policy makers and practitioners, not just in health but across government, and to the general public." ENDS

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