What happens if I am no longer carrying out lobbying activities?
Once you are registered on the Register of Lobbying, you are obliged to submit a return of lobbying activities at the end of every return period. This applies even if you have not carried out lobbying activities during a return period. (See FAQ 29 above re “nil” returns.)
Section 11(4) of the Act, however, provides that a person who has ceased to carry on lobbying activities may notify the Standards Commission that this is the case. Lobbying.ie provides a facility where a person can record on their registration details that the person has ceased lobbying. Section 12(2) of the Act provides that a person who has recorded that they have ceased lobbying will not be required to continue to submit returns of lobbying activities (including nil returns).
A registered person, who is satisfied that they have ceased lobbying, may therefore, contact the Lobbying Regulation Unit and request to record on their registration details that they have ceased lobbying.