Register of Irish political lobbying to be announced today

An online lobbying register is being announced today.

Register of Irish political lobbying to be announced today

An online lobbying register is being announced today.

It will be managed by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Anyone lobbying designated officials or ministers will have to register their activities on the online system three times a year, at the end of April, August and December.

These are then published on the online register which is open to public view.

The move comes as part of the recently enacted Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr Brendan Howlin said: “The Regulation of Lobbying Act will bring about significant improvements in the policy-making process in Ireland ensuring open communication and transparency.

“Ultimately, the process of policy-development will be enhanced.”

Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Standards Commission, Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe said: “This is a welcome development in public policy in Ireland.

“Active lobbying is an essential component to a well-functioning democracy. It is vital, however, that it be open and transparent.

“Registration will not become a legal requirement until September. We encourage all those engaged in lobbying to sign-up online over the coming weeks to familiarise themselves with the system.”

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