The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law on Wednesday 11th March 2015 by President Michael D. Higgins and commenced on 1st September 2015.
The purpose of the Act is to provide for a web-based Register of Lobbying to make information available to the public on the identity of those communicating with Designated Public Officials (DPOs) on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions. Chambers Ireland view this legislation as an opportunity to show the constructive and productive dialogue that Chambers Ireland and the broader Chamber Network, regularly engage in with public officials and elected representatives around the country.
Under the legislation any meetings or communications that take place between a Chamber and a “Designated Public Official” (TDs, Senators, members of local authorities, prescribed public officials etc. as set out under “Designated Public Officials”) will have to be recorded by the Chamber.
With a total of 167 returns during the first return period (September – December 2015), the Chamber Network has recorded the country’s largest number of returns submitted to the Lobbying Act Register. The Chamber Network submitted lobbying returns on a wide range of relevant matters with a focus on ‘Public Policy or Programme’, ‘Matters involving public funds’ and ‘Zoning or Development’ and are available to view in detail on www.lobbying.ie
The data compiled here represents the combined Lobbying activities undertaken by the Chamber Network with Designated Public Officials around the country during the first return period (September – December 2015).
Chambers will have to file three reports annually that include details of all lobbying activity engaged in by the Chamber.
• 21 May - Returns due for return period 1 January - 30 April
• Future relevant periods will be: 1st May – 31st August and 1st September – 31st December
Further information and resources for Chambers are available in the Members Section