Green Party leader John Gormley today pledged to introduce new laws to end corporate and trade union political donations and reform lobbying rules when the Dáil resumes in September.
The Environment Minister said the “inordinate” influence of big business and wealthy individuals on legislation and Government must come to an end.
At a party meeting in Limerick Mr Gormley said the influence of lobbyists was pervasive and at times pernicious.
Mr Gormley said: “Recent revelations about the fundraising activities of Fine Gael highlight once again the need for reform in this area.”
“The legislation, which the Green Party will propose, will end not just corporate donations but also donations from trade unions.”
Mr Gormley said the party plans to bring forward the legislation in the autumn and that work is well under way in both areas.
“The influence of lobbyists is pervasive and at times pernicious. This is why we need a register of lobbyists to regulate their activities,” he said.
“It would immediately allow the public to identify these individuals and the causes they espouse.”