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.
Period 1: Return period 1 September - 31 December 2015
With a total of 167 returns during the first return period the Chamber Network has recorded the country’s largest number of returns submitted to the Lobbying Act Register. 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 1 September – 31 December 2015.
Period 2 : Return period 1 January - 30 April 2016
- The Chamber Network submitted 68 returns in total
- 738 DPOs were lobbied across the Network
Period 3: Return period 1 May – 31 Aug 2016
- The Chamber Network submitted 136 returns in total
- 328 DPOs were lobbied across the Network
Period 4: Return period 1 September - 31 December 2016
- The Chamber Network submitted 118 returns in total
With a total of 489 returns for the first three periods, 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’.
Further information and resources for Chambers are available in the Members Section