ASH Ireland welcomes government divestment

Press Statement, 21 December 2016

ASH Ireland welcomes confirmation from Minister Noonan today (Dec 21) that, ‘Ireland’s Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has completed the sale of its remaining investments in tobacco manufacturing’. ASH Ireland recently contacted the Minister on this same issue.

Dr Patrick Doorley, Chairman of ASH Ireland said; “We welcome this important announcement from Minister Noonan. The fight against tobacco, which kills close to 6,000 of our citizens annually, must be fought at every level and every opportunity. To invest in the tobacco industry, while also aiming towards a tobacco free society, was as confusing as it was unacceptable.

“All in the health sector will see the Minister’s decision as progressive and a important signal to an industry which manufactures and markets a product, which kills 50% of its users.”