The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 which came into effect on 1 September 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission will establish and maintain an online Register of lobbying activity. www.lobbying.ie.
The purpose of the Register is to make information available to the public on the identity of those communicating with designated public officials on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions. Lobbyists must report on their interactions with the Designated Public Officials.
Section 6(4) of the Act 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 to 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 Designated Public Officials of the Department of Rural and Community Development under this legislation are:
1 Minister Michael Ring
2 Minister of State Seán Kyne
Special Advisers* (on appointment)
1 Seamus Ó Ceallacháin
2 Daniel Rowan
1 Kevin McCarthy
2 William Parnell
3 Bairbre Nic Aongusa
*Special Advisors are Designated Public Officials under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015