Part 4 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 sets out “relevant” contraventions of the Act and enforcement provisions. The enforcement provisions came into effect on 1 January 2017.
Section 18 of the Act sets out the following as "relevant contraventions" of the Act:
The provisions contained in Part 4 give the Standards Commission the authority to:
The Standards Commission may authorise an investigation if it reasonably believes that a person may have committed or may be committing a relevant contravention.
Authorised officers may be appointed to carry out the investigation. They will have extensive powers to obtain necessary information and documents including the power to enter and search premises.
As a result of an investigation, the Standards Commission may prosecute offences.
Any relevant contravention listed above may be prosecuted by the Standards Commission
Submitting a late return (that is making a return after the prescribed deadline) is a relevant contravention, which will result in a fixed payment notice being issued. The amount of the fixed payment is €200. If you pay the fixed payment within the time specified, no further action will be taken. Failure to pay the fixed payment may result in prosecution.