Objectives of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

The Act is designed to provide information to the public about:

  • Who is lobbying;
  • On whose behalf is lobbying being carried out;
  • What are the issues involved in the lobbying;
  • What is the intended result of the lobbying;
  • Who is being lobbied.

The Act provides for:

  • The establishment and maintenance of a publicly accessible register of lobbying;
  • Obligations on lobbyists to register and to provide information regularly about their lobbying activities, including, in the case of professional lobbyists, information about their clients;
  • The introduction of a “cooling off” period during which lobbying activity may not be carried out by some former Designated Public Officials. This provision does not apply to TDs, Senators or MEPs.
  • The Standards in Public Office Commission (Standards Commission) to be the regulator of lobbying.