Key points to remember

  •          Meeting with lobbyists is a legitimate and valid part of your role.
  •          It is important that lobbying activities are conducted in an open, transparent way.
  •          The obligation to register and submit returns rests with the person lobbying, not you.
  •          Not all communication is considered lobbying under the Act.
  •          Not all lobbying takes place in a formal setting. Casual run-ins, social settings, even social media may be used to lobby you.
  •          Communications between you (in your capacity as a local authority member) and other Designated Public Officials or public servants are exempt.
  •          Certain task forces and working groups are exempt, if they adhere to the Transparency Code.
  •          DPOs’ names will appear on the Register of Lobbying as a result of lobbying communication. This does not imply agreement with or acceptance of the views of the person lobbying you.
  •          You have the right to seek correction of any inaccurate information.