The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 came into force on 1 September 2015.
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:
The Designated Public Officials of the Department of Defence under this legislation are:
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 at www.lobbying.ie.