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Sinn Féin meet with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland

10 August, 2004


Caoimhghín O'Caoláin TD, and John O Dowd MLA, in their capacity as Sinn Féin's health spokespersons today met with representatives of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. The meeting, which took place at Stormont, included the IPHI's director, Jane Wilde.

Speaking after the meeting, Deputy O'Caoláin said:

"We found our meeting with the Institute of Public Health to very informative and extremely useful. The IPHI was set up five years ago to promote co-operation for public health on an all-Ireland basis. One of its main aims is to tackle inequalities in health, something which we in Sinn Féin are committed to, unlike the conservative establishment parties throughout the island."

His colleague, Cllr John O'Dowd MLA, commented:

"Our meeting examined issues such as demographic and socio-economic inequalities in health, and understanding the ways in which the social environment affect's people's health. Our meeting also pointed up the need for all government departments, North and South, to seriously consider and take account of their policies on health and to work more together to maximize the opportunities for improving and harmonizing health provision on an all Ireland basis." ENDS

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