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Organisation Information

Designated Public Officials

Published: 29 July 2019
From: Department of Defence

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

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 identify those persons who are designated public officials
  • as a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may not need to source a designated public official’s details

The Designated Public Officials of the Department of Defence under this legislation are:

  • Leo Varadkar, TD - Taoiseach and Minister for Defence
  • Paul Kehoe, TD - Minister of State at the Department of Defence with Special Responsibility for Defence
  • John Coughlan - Advisor to Minister of State Paul Kehoe
  • Niall O'Connor - Advisor to Minister of State Paul Kehoe
  • Maurice Quinn - Secretary General
  • Des Dowling - Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Strategic Planning, Capability, Development and Corporate Support
  • Ciaran Murphy - Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for International/Legislation
  • Robert Mooney - Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Defence Capability (People)
  • Clare Tiernan - Director, with responsibility for Emergency, Operations and Infrastructure Oversight.

Working Groups operating in line with the requirements of 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. The Transparency Code is available on lobbying.ie