77. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department or any agency or entity in receipt of Departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; and if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines. (Question 39038/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

The Taoiseach: My Department or the agency under my remit the National Economic and Social Development Office, does not have any investments either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, in tobacco companies.
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86. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines on such investment; if her Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39035/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been informed that the Common Investment Fund (CIF) holds a small proportion of tobacco related stocks as part of a dividend reinvestment scheme which allows unit holders (charities) the choice of receiving dividend income in cash or to reinvest back into the fund. The CIF was established in April, 1985 by the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland under a Scheme pursuant to Section 46 of ...

91. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Finance if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39031/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by the majority of the bodies under the aegis of my Department that they do not hold investments in tobacco companies. 
I have been advised by the Central Bank of Ireland that the Bank does not invest directly in any debt(bonds) or equity(shares) issued by tobacco companies, either in the management of the investment reserves or the pension fund.  The Bank has informed me that all external investment managers that manage investment funds...

104. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39029/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is the trustee of a number of legacy endowment and stockholdings and avails of the expertise of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) (formerly The Commissioners for Charitable Donations and Bequests) to manage the day-to-day operation of these investments. My Department completed the transfer of funds in respect of these investments to the CRA in 2013. Following a review of files, there is no record of any investments h...

124. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39030/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department’s Income and Expenditure is processed through Voted expenditure (Vote 34), which is managed by the Paymaster General’s Office. Guidelines on Exchequer investments are a matter for the Department of Finance. My Department has responsibility for the Local Government Fund (LGF). The LGF comprises of two bank accounts and an investment account. The investment account is interest bearing and is inves...

153. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Social Protection if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39037/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Neither my Department nor the Agencies within its remit hold any investments in tobacco companies either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds. We do not have any guidelines in relation to such investments or have any proposals to introduce any. 
We would not be aware if any of the entities that receive funding from the Department have such investments.
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167. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39032/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): No investments, either directly, or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by my Department. As there are no agencies under the aegis of my Department the issue raised by the Deputy does not arise. My Department administers a number of funding programmes, including Ireland’s official overseas development programme, Irish Aid. Information on development funding is available on the Irish...

171. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39036/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, neither my Department nor the bodies under its aegis have any investments either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds in tobacco companies.
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176. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if her Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39025/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am advised that neither my Department, nor any of the bodies under its aegis, hold any investments of the type described by the Deputy. My Department and those bodies under its aegis are subject to the Public Spending Code and all relevant Department of Public Expenditure circulars, financial and procurement regulations.
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228. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39033/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy): The Department of Health does not undertake investments of any sort, either pension or other investment funds. In relation to other agencies, I have requested the HSE and the agencies under the auspices of my Department to reply directly to the Deputy with information sought by the Deputy.
In relation to guidelines on investing in the tobacco industry, Ireland has ratified and is a party to the WHO Framework Conve...

247. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines relating to such investment; if his Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39024/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department does not have any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, in tobacco companies.
As regards future policy I have no plans for any investments, directly or indirectly, in tobacco companies.
In relation to the twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department, as the information requested is an operational matter for the Bodies themselves they have been requested to f...

253. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines relating to such investment; if his Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39027/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department does not invest in company stocks or shares either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds. Civil Service pensions are funded directly from the Superannuation and Retired Allowances Vote (Vote 12) of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as part of current expenditure, voted in the annual estimates.  
The information requested in relation to the agencies under...

257. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines relating to such investment; if his Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39039/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​My Department does not hold any investments either directly or indirectly in tobacco companies.
Investments by agencies of the Department, and other entities in receipt of funding from the Department, is a matter for the agencies and other entities themselves and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to them for their direct response.  If the Deputy does not receive a response within 10 working days he should contact my private off...

281. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of Departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if her Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39034/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): My Department, and the agencies under its remit, do not have any direct or indirect investments through pension or other investment funds in tobacco companies.
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289. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if her Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39026/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Neither my Department, or any of the agencies under its remit, hold investments in tobacco companies either directly or indirectly. While there are no specific guidelines in relation to investments of this nature I would emphasise that my Department and its agencies would not, as a matter of course, make such investments.
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292. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39028/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am advised that there are no such investments held by my Department, or by any agency or entity within the remit of the Department, or in receipt of funding from my Department. Pensions for former members of the Defence Forces are paid directly from the Army Pensions Vote. This is funded from voted current expenditure. 
My Department does not operate pension or investment funds and therefore does not have any guidelines in...

315. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health his views on the fact that taxpayer funds are currently invested in three separate tobacco companies as part of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, managed through the National Treasury Management Agency, NTMA,; his views on the appropriateness of this investment; if he has expressed any concerns regarding this matter directly to the NTMA, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform; his views on calls to add tobacco companies to the list of prohibited investment categories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33381/16 asked on 08 Nov 2016 - State Investments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy): The Minister for Finance informs me that as at 31 October 2016 the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) had equity holdings in three tobacco companies with a value of €1.5m or .02 per cent of its total assets.
I understand from my colleague, the Minister for Finance, that the Fund operates to high international standards and invests in line with both the UN-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) ...