The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (no 5 of 2015) (the Act) was signed into law in March 2015. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the Act commenced on 1 September 2015. Part 4 of the Act (Enforcement provisions) commenced on 1 January 2017.
These guidelines have been drafted to ensure that public bodies and Designated Public Officials (DPOs) understand how the system works, how they fit in to it and how they can assist in supporting the effective implementation of the legislation. DPOs are not subject to rules regarding the registration and reporting of lobbying. Their interactions when lobbied must, however, be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Act. Section 4(b) of these guidelines sets out who the DPOs are.