Physical activity (PA) is a key performance indicator for policy documents in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Building on baseline grades set in 2014, Ireland’s second Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth allows for continued surveillance of indicators related to PA in children and youth.


Data and information were extracted and collated for 10 indicators and graded using an international standardized grading system.


Overall, 7 grades stayed the same, 2 increased, and 1 decreased. Grades were assigned as follows: Overall PA, D (an increase); Sedentary Behavior (TV), C-; Physical Education, D-; Active Play, Incomplete/Inconclusive (INC); Active Transportation, D; School, D (a decrease); Home (Family), INC; Community and the Built Environment, B+ (an increase); and Government, INC. Unlike 2014’s report card, different grades for the Republic (C-) and Northern Ireland (C+) were assigned for Organized Sport Participation.


Although the grade for Overall PA levels increased to a D, this may reflect the increased quality and quantity of data available. The double burden of low PA and high sedentary levels are concerning and underscore the need for advocacy toward, and surveillance of, progress in achieving targets set by the new National Physical Activity Plan in the Republic and obesity and sport plans in the North.

Harrington is with the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK. M Murphy is with Ulster University, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. Carlin, Woods, and Belton are with Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland; Carlin is also with the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. Coppinger is with the Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland. Donnelly is with the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. Dowd is with the Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland. Keating is with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. N Murphy is with the Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland. Murtagh is with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. O’Brien is with University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Harrington ( is corresponding author.