Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 – Designated Public Officials in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

For the names and roles of the Designated Public Officials for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform please click on the link Designated Public Officials

First Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., published the Report on the First Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 on 2 May 2017. In response to the Public consultation process a total of 31 submissions were received from different sectors of society. The submissions received were broadly in favour and supportive of the legislation.

The list of submissions received from interested parties as part of the Department’s first review of the operation of the Act is below. Each submission can be viewed by clicking on the organisation’s name.

The report sets out the purpose of the Act, the approach taken in the review, the international perspective, the findings in terms of an overview of the submissions giving the issues raised and responses, and it recommends a number of administrative actions.

The next review, due to take place at the end of 2019, will provide further opportunity for evaluation to take place.

Report on the First Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Press Release

List of submissions received

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland

Association of Irish Local Government

Banking and Payments Federation Ireland

Chambers Ireland

Christopher Curtin Councillor

Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

Cork County Council

County and City Management Association

DAA

An Individual from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

EIR

EIRVIA

Hume Brophy

IBEC

IFA (Irish Farmers Association)

IMO (Irish Medical Association)

IPI (Irish Planning Institute)

John Hogan, Raj chari, Gary Murphy and Michele Crepaz

Johnny Flynn Councillor

Mr Jim O’Donohoe

PRCA (Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland)

PRII (Public Relations Institute of Ireland)

Standards in Public Office Commission

SWAP (Braywatch)

TASC (Think Tank for Action on Social Change)

 

Public Consultation Process for First Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Submissions are invited from interested parties as part of the Department’s first review of the operation of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.  A paper setting out the background to and details about this review can be found here.

Submissions should be forwarded to lobbying@per.gov.ie, or by post to Ms. Bernie Orr, Government Reform Unit, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 7-9 Merrion Row, Dublin 2  as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 30 September 2016.

It should be noted that submissions received and reports of any meetings undertaken by the Department with any external parties in response to this request will be published on the Department’s website and will be subject to Freedom of Information.

Copies of the paper referred to above can also be obtained by contacting Joyce Nolan, Government Reform Unit, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 7-9 Merrion Row, Dublin 2 or by telephone at 01 604 5486.

Paper on the Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 for public consultation process

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 – Enforcement provisions

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., signed the Commencement Order for the enforcement provisions for the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 on Monday, July 11 2016 . The enforcement provisions will take effect from 1st January 2017. The Minister also signed a regulation prescribing the position of Divisional Manager in Cork County Council as a designated public official for the purposes of the Act with effect from 1st September 2016.

Press Release

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2016

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulation 2016

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (Designated Public Officials) Regulation 2016

For information on the Enforcement Provisions, please click here.

Léirithe Spéise i gceapachán chuig painéal Oifigeach Achomhairc ar féidir leo achomhairc a stiúradh trí Ghaeilge

Tá an Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe ag iarraidh go gníomhach léirithe spéise i gceapachán chuig painéal oifigeach achomhairc a mbeidh sé de dhualgas orthu athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar chinntí áirithe ón gCoimisiún um Chaighdeáin in Oifigí Poiblí i dtaca leis an Acht um Brústocaireacht a Rialáil 2015. Is é cuspóir an phainéil soláthar a dhéanamh d’achomhairc a stiúradh i nGaeilge.  Glacfar le hiarratais i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla. Tá tuilleadh faisnéise ar fáil ag an nasc thíos. Ba cheart léirithe spéise a sheoladh le ríomhphost chuig lobbying@per.gov.ie faoi 5pm Dé Céadaoin an 30 Nollaig 2015.

Léirithe Spéise i gCeapachán chuig Painéal Oifigeach Achomhairc

An tAcht um Brústocaireacht a Rialáil 2015

 

Commencement of Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Minister Brendan Howlin announced that Ireland’s first Register of Lobbying becomes a legal requirement from 1 September 2015. This means that from 1st September, lobbying activity can be registered on the Lobbying.ie website. The register will provide a simple, web based register of lobbying activity providing transparency on ‘who is contacting whom about what’.

Press Release

Regulation of Lobbying Commencement Order

Regulations of Lobbying Act 2015 (Appeals) Regulations 2015

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (Designated Public Officials) Regulations 2015

 

Expressions of Interest sought for appointment to a panel of Appeal Officers 

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is actively seeking expressions of interest for appointment to a panel of appeal officers to review certain decisions made by the Standards in Public Office Commission in relation to the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.  Further information is available at the link below. Expressions should be sent by email to lobbying@per.gov.ie by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2015.

Link to document: Expression of Interest for Appointment to a Panel of Appeals Officers

Lobbying Register Launched The new on-line register of lobbying (www.lobbying.ie) was unveiled by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D. and the Standards in Public Office Commission on 30 April 2105. The Head of Regulation of Lobbying, Sherry Perreault, was introduced. In order that lobbyists may become familiar with the registration and return requirements the website is available for a trial period from 1 May 2015 to 31 August 2015. The information entered during the trial period will not be available to the public.

 

Photo of William Beausang, Head of the Government Reform Unit, Sherry Perreault, Head of Regulation of Lobbying and Aine Stapleton Government Reform Unit at the launch of www.lobbying.ie website

(Left to right) William Beausang, Head of the Government Reform Unit, Sherry Perreault, Head of Regulation of Lobbying and Aine Stapleton Government Reform Unit at the launch of www.lobbying.ie

Minister’s Speech

Press Release

Video

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

On 11th March 2015, the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins.

Key dates for the Regulation of Lobbying Act are:

(i)      The launch of the web-based register on 1 May 2015 (it will be available to potential registrants from that date to allow them to familiarise themselves with the system) followed by,

(ii)     The commencement of the Act on 1 September 2015, and

(iii)    The first return required by 21 January 2016.

The Regulation of lobbying website can be accessed at www.lobbying.ie.

Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 as passed by Both Houses of the Oireachtas

Press Release

Amendments to the Regulation of Lobbying Bill agreed in the Seanad were returned to the Dáil for agreement and Report Stage of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 was held in the Dáil on Wednesday, 4 March 2015.

A copy of the Dáil debates can be accessed at the link below along with a version of the Bill as passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas.

Dáil Report and Final Stage Debates

Report Stage of the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was held in the Seanad on Wednesday, 19 February 2015.

A copy of the Seanad Report Stage debates can be accessed at the link below.

Seanad Report Stage Debates

Committee Stage of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 was held in the Seanad on Thursday 5 February 2015.

A copy of the Seanad Committee Stage debates can be accessed at the link below.

Seanad Committee Stage Debates

Second Stage of the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was considered by the Seanad on Tuesday 29 February 2015.  A copy of the Seanad Second Stage debates can be accessed below.

Seanad Second Stage Debates

Report Stage of the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was held in the Dáil on Wednesday 14 February and Thursday 15 February 2015.

The version of this Bill including amendments agreed by the Dáil during Report Stage along with a copy of the Dáil Report Stage debates can be accessed at the links below.

Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 as passed by Dáil Éireann

Dail Report Stage Debates

The Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was considered by the Dáil Select Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform on Tuesday 25 November 2014.  The version of this Bill including amendments agreed by the Dáil Select Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform is available below along with a link to the Dáil Committee Stage debates.

Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 as passed at Committee Stage Dáil Committee Stage Debates

Second Stage of the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was considered by the Dáil on Tuesday 30 September and Wednesday 1 October 2015.

The version of this Bill as initiated in the Dáil is available below along with a copy of the Dáil Second Stage debates.

Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 as initiated

Dáil Second Stage Debates

Submissions received during the passage of the Bill through the Houses

Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association

Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association reply

Irish Farmer’s Association

Law Society of Ireland

Law Society of Ireland reply

Transparency International Ireland Letter

Transparency International Ireland

Representations

Senator Jillian van Turnhout 1

Senator Jillian van Turnhout reply1

Senator Jillian van Turnhout 2

Senator Jillian van Turnhout reply 2

Senator Paul Coughlan

Senator Paul Coughlan reply

Presentation

General Presentation

Publication of the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014

The Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 was published on Friday 20 June 2014. The core principle guiding the policy approach, as set out in the Bill, is to continue to foster ongoing dialogue and engagement between Government and all sectors of society on public policy matters while ensuring that there is an appropriate degree of transparency in relation to such communications.

Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014

Explanatory Memorandum

Press Release

Information Note

Guidance Note

Background

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, and rules concerning the practice of lobbying. The Public Service Reform Programme launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 17 November 2011 contains a commitment to prepare legislation to meet this objective in 2012.

Context

The Government Reform Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform reviewed the international approaches to the regulation of lobbyists to help inform the design of national proposals to meet the commitment contained in the Programme for Government and the Public Service Reform Plan.

Details of the consultation process and policy proposals are available at (i) to (iv) below. (i) Consultation Process Phase 1 (ii) Policy Paper (iii) Conference (iv) Consultation Process Phase 11

The Bill

On the 30th April, 2013 the Government approved the drafting of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2013. A copy of the General Scheme (Heads) of the Bill are available at the Link below.

The General Scheme

The General Scheme of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill takes into account the contributions received from interested parties as a result of the consultation processes. The purpose of the Bill is to bring greater openness and transparency on public policy formulation and to provide valuable input to the decision making process. The intention of this Bill is to continue to encourage such participation in the decision making process, but to ensure that it is done in a fully open manner.

General Scheme of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill

Explanatory Memorandum

Summary Policy Proposals

Regulatory Impact Analysis

Press Release

Consultations following the General Scheme

Submission received from Conor McGrath

IBEC lobbying response_August2013

Response to IBEC Letter from ICTU

Response to ICTU

Report of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

The General Scheme of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill was sent to the Joint Committee of Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform for pre-legislative scrutiny.  Following  the examination of the documentation a summary of the issues raised was prepared by the secretariat for review by the Joint Committee. The review included a video conference with Mr. Janos Bertok, Head of Public Sector Integrity Division, OECD; Paris which allowed members discuss with Mr. Bertok the Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying developed by OECD in the context of the issues that were identified in the summary prepared by the secretariat.

Report on hearings in relation to the Draft General Scheme of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill, 2013

The OECD

The OECD published its latest progress report, Lobbyists, Government and Public Trust: Volume 3 Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying, reviewing the progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying and is available at :-  http://www.oecd.org/corruption/ethics/lobbying.htm The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. An insight into the Forum on Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying is available by following the link below.

Forum on Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

Note: Useful public information on the regulation of lobbying internationally can be found at, for example:- www.oecd.org/gov/fightingcorruptioninthepublicsector/lobbying.htm www.regulatelobbying.com/