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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