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Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Published: 5 June 2019
From: Department of Health

Introduction

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission will establish and maintain an online register of lobbying activity.

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
  • to act as a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details

The Department of Health's Designated Public Officials are set out below.

Ministers

Ministers' Advisers

    Joanne Lonergan Adviser to Minister Harris, Minister for Health
    Sarah Bardon Special Adviser to Minister Harris, Minister for Health
    Damian O’Farrell Adviser to Minister of State McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
    Gerry Maguire Adviser to Minister of State McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
    Nicola Clavin Special Adviser to Minister of State Byrne, Minister of State with special responsibility for Health Promotion and National Drugs Strategy
    Darren Hourihane Special Adviser to Minister of State Daly, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People

Secretary General

Deputy Secretaries General

Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Medical Officer

Executive Director with responsibility for Sláintecare Programme Office

Assistant Secretaries

The Transparency Code

The purpose of the Transparency Code is to ensure that Designated Public Officials understand how the system works and how they can support the effective implementation of the legislation.

While Designated Public Officials are not the focus of the rules regarding the registration and reporting of lobbying, any relevant communication with a Designated Public Official must be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2105 does not seek to capture and register interactions within groups, such as task forces and working groups as lobbying communications, where appropriate transparency arrangements are in place. The Transparency Code outlines the groups to which these arrangements apply, and the transparency arrangements themselves.

In line with the principles of openness and transparency, the following group operates under the guidelines set out in the Transparency Code. This means that the group's membership, work programme, and the minutes and agendas of all meetings are published here on this website.

The Taskforce for Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix – (Phases I & II)

Taskforce Policy Groups- Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix

Further information on the Transparency Code.