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 TD, Senator or MEP) 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.