Are there any obligations for Designated Public Officials? Do they have to register?
The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 does not set out any requirements for Designated Public Officials to register, submit returns or validate information contained in the returns submitted by lobbyists. Designated Public Officials continue to have obligations set out in other instruments, including ethics legislation, freedom of information legislation, and codes of conduct. While Designated Public Officials have no formal obligations under the Act, the Standards in Public Office Commission has identified a number of best practices, which are outlined in the Guidelines for Designated Public Officials, Guidelines for TDs, Senators and MEPS, and Guidelines for Local Authority Members, which are all available on our website.