Minister reveals support for lobbying regulation

Minister reveals support for lobbying regulation

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has today published submissions he has received on how to regulate lobbying in Ireland.

The Government is planning to introducing statutory register of lobbyists to increase transparency in the area.

Submissions published today show overwhelming support for the plan, but some concerns have been expressed that the regulation should not be an obstacle to lobbyists' interaction with the Government.

Other points raised include calls for clarity on the definition of lobbying, and whether a level could be imposed, below which regulation would not apply.

Minister Howlin said that he is planning a policy paper taking account of varying views expressed in the submissions, and the issue is expected to be up for further discussion at a conference in the coming months.

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