The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what.
Designated Public Officials
Section 6(4) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 requires each public body to publish a list of designated public officials of the body. The purpose of the list is twofold:
- To allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials; and
- As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details.
The following are Designated Public Officials of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
Designated Public Officials under the Lobbying Act 2015
Register of Lobbying: www.lobbying.ie
Section 5(7) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform shall prepare and publish a code, to be known as the "Transparency Code", which sets out how certain relevant public bodies, such as ministerial advisory groups, may conduct their activities in a transparent way.
By adhering to the Transparency Code, communications within these bodies would meet the exemption from the requirement to register and report on lobbying activities.
Relevant bodies (working groups etc) exempted under the Transparency Code: