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Organisation Information

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Published: 31 July 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs


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 Children and Youth Affairs has two Working Groups operating under the Transparency Code, namely the Early Years Forum and the Labour Employer Economic Forum.

The department's Designated Public Officials are set out below.


Minister's Advisers

    Sinéad Fennell Special Adviser to the Minister - Minister's Press Adviser
    Patricia Ryan Special Adviser to the Minister - Adviser on policy matters

Secretary General

Assistant Secretaries