The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 comes into effect today, Tuesday 1 September 2015. Here is a brief analysis of the key issues.
Who is affected by the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015?
Anyone who is lobbying, ie
An employer (with more than ten employees) where the communications are made on its behalf A representative body (with at least one employee) communicating on behalf of its members and the communication is made by a paid employee or office holder of the body An advocacy body (with at least one employee) that exists primarily to take up particular issues and a paid employee or office holder of the body is communicating on such issues Any person communicating about the development or zoning of land (other than an individual's principal private residence) A professional lobbyist being paid to communicate on behalf of a client, where the client satisfies the above criteria What is lobbying?
Lobbying is defined as the making of a "relevant communication", which means any communication, written or oral, directly or indirectly made to a designated public official ("DPO") in relation to a "relevant matter".
What is a DPO?
Designated Public Officials include
Ministers of the Government Ministers of State Other members of Dáil Éireann & Seanad Éireann MEPs for three constituencies in Ireland Members of Local Authorities Special advisers Secretaries-General (and assistant SGs) of Government...