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Lobbying Act

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”) are recorded by the Chamber. 

Lobbying returns recorded by the Chamber Network are outlined below: 

  • Period 1: Return period 1 September - 31 December = 167 returns 
  • Period 2 : Return period 1 January - 30 April 2016 = 68 returns
  • Period 3: Return period 1 May – 31 Aug 2016 = 136 returns 
  • Period 4: Return period 1 September - 31 December 2016 = 118 returns
  • Period 5: Return period 1 January - 30 April 2017 = 107 returns
  • Period 6: Return period 1 May - 31 August 2017 = 122 returns 
  • Period 7: Return period 1 September - 31 December 2017 = 113 returns 
  • Period 8: Return period 1 January - 30 April 2018 = 109 returns

 

Further information is available on www.lobbying.ie 

Further information and resources for Chambers are available in the Members Section

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