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de Brún and McDonald welcome launch of European Heart Health Charter

11 July, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP and former Health Minister in the Northern Executive Bairbre de Brún today teamed up with the party's Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald to welcome the Irish launch of the European Heart Health Charter. Both MEPs are signatories of the charter which aims to tackle heart disease across Europe.

de Brún welcomed the initiative as "an important part of the fight against cardiovascular disease which is the main cause of death in Europe. I am happy to fully pledge my support for the charter and to support its aims in my role as a MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg."

Mary Lou McDonald focussed in on the charter's analysis of the social elements of heart disease with those from lower income groups disproportionately affected.

"The two-tier nature of our society and health system is once more shown up in these figures for heart diseases. This charter can help address this gap by pointing to measures for a healthy lifestyles for all."CRÍOCH

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