28. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the measures that will be taken to address the low burglary detection rate in the Dublin western metropolitan region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40446/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Crime Levels)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I understand that the Deputy is referring to detection rates highlighted in the ‘Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2010-2014’, which was published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last week. The first thing that needs to be said is that this publication provides an analysis of data up to the end of 2014 only, and it would be entirely incorrect to suggest that it represents an assessment of the current situation in r...

67. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the number of gardaí in the traffic corps will be increased in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40447/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Garda Strength)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including the Traffic Corps, among the various Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, and I as Minister, I have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by the Garda authorities that, as of 31 October 2016, the latest date which figures are readily available, the strength of the Traffic Corps stood at 672 members....

348. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of a review his Department is undertaking relating to the work and potential remuneration of the 11 special Irish peace monitors on secondment to the OSCE in eastern Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39390/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine performs vital work in extremely difficult circumstances, particularly in Eastern Ukraine. As I outlined in response to a Parliamentary Question No. 343 on 25 October 2016, there is currently no funding for supplementary payments by the Government to Irish monitors. However, my Department continues to keep the issue under review.
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434. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the maximum timeframe allowed for the HSE to respond to parliamentary questions which have been redirected for response by him; if it is still 15 working days or if this has been changed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39618/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Parliamentary Questions)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): All Ministers are mandated to follow Dail Standing Order 42A which states:
“(1) Where a member of the Government (including the Taoiseach), in replying to a Question asked on notice, either - (a) states that he or she has referred or will refer the Question to a body under the aegis of his or her Department for reply (a “referred reply”), or (b) confirms that more detailed information can and will be supplied to the member in whose name the Question app...

459. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if he will address concerns raised by health staff concerning the location of a proposed new mental health rehabilitation service (details supplied) in Dublin 15; the reason there has been no consultation with service users or providers regarding the proposal; if any alternative locations have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39746/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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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...

246. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an agency (details supplied) will publish its annual report for 2015; the reason the report has not been produced to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39018/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Bord na gCon)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord na gCon is a commercial State body, established in 1958, under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.
Bord na gCon has informed me that the 2015 annual report was passed by the Board on 6 December 2016 and anticipates that same will be forwarded to my office within the coming week.
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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...

163. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if buildings (details supplied) are being considered for a new school in the Scribblestown and Finglas west area of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38708/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In November 2015, 13 new schools were announced to open in 2017 and 2018 to meet increased demographic needs, including the primary school to which the Deputy refers, which will open in September 2017.  
The building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s Six Year Investment Programme 2016-2021 and is listed to proceed to tender and construction in 2018. Pending the delivery of the school’s permanent accommodat...

271. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works will improve toilet facilities at the Phoenix Park for families using the park; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38554/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Public Parks Conveniences)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Commissioners of Public Works provide public toilet facilities at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. These toilets are well maintained and hygiene standards are checked and recorded regularly by the incumbent concessionaire of the café. It will, in time, be necessary to provide greater toilet capacity to deal with the steadily increasing visitor numbers to the Phoenix Park.
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284. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay by the HSE in responding to a submitted representation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38326/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - HSE Correspondence)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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