List of Departments and Agencies with Designated Public Officials


Section 6 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that designated public officials include the following:

- Ministers of the Government and Ministers of State
- Other Members of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann
- Members of the European Parliament for constituencies in the State
- Members of local authorities
- Special advisers appointed under section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997
- Public servants of a prescribed description
- Any other prescribed office holders or description of persons.

Below is a copy (PDF) of The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (Designated Public Officials) Regulations 2015.  The Regulations provide a schedule of the Departments and Agencies who on commencement of the Regulation of Lobbying Act on 1 September 2015, have Designated Public Officials prescribed under section 6(1)(f) of the Act.  The Regulations prescribe the Designated Public Officials for each body.

 

A public servant in a position of Secretary General, Second Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretary or Director in a public service body specified in Schedule 1 is prescribed as a designated public official for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Act.

Schedule 1

The Courts Service
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs
The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
The Department of Defence
The Department of Education and Skills
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
The Department of Finance
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Health
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
The Department of Justice and Equality
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
The Department of Social Protection
The Department of the Taoiseach
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
The Houses of the Oireachtas Service
The Office of Public Works
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners
The President's Establishment
The State Examinations Commission


A public servant in a position specified in column (3) of the table in Schedule 2 in the public service body specified in column (2) of that table opposite the reference number for that public service body in column (1) is prescribed as a designated public official for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Act.

Schedule 2

Reference No.
(1)
Public Service Body
(2)
Designated Positions of Employment
(3)
1. The Central Statistics Office Director General
Assistant Director General
2. The Courts Service Chief Executive
Property Arbitrator
3. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Chief Veterinary Officer
Chief Inspector
Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer
Director of Laboratories
Head of Agricultural Laboratories
Head of Veterinary Laboratories
Director of the Veterinary Research Laboratory
4. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Senior Petroleum Specialist
5. The Department of Education and Skills Chief Inspector
6. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Director of Met Éireann
Director of Audit in the Local Government Audit Service
7. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Legal Adviser
8. The Department of Health Chief Medical Officer
Chief Nursing Officer
9. The Department of Justice and Equality Director General of the Irish Prison Service
Campus Governor in the Irish Prison Service
Director of the Probation Service
Director of Care and Rehabilitation
Director General of Forensic Science Ireland
10. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Chief Medical Officer
11. The Department of Social Protection Chief Medical Officer
Chief Appeals Officer
12. The Equality Tribunal Director
13. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Director of Administration
14. The Insolvency Service of Ireland Director
15. The Legal Aid Board Chief Executive
16. The National Council for Special Education Chief Executive Officer
17. The Office of the Appeal Commissioners Appeal Commissioner
18. The Office of the Attorney General Director General
Chief Parliamentary Counsel
Chief State Solicitor
Deputy Director General
Assistant Chief State Solicitor
First Parliamentary Counsel
Parliamentary Counsel
Advisory Counsel Grade I
19. The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General Secretary and Director of Audit
Director of Audit
20. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner Data Protection Commissioner
21. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Director of Public Prosecutions
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
Chief Prosecution Solicitor
Head of Directing Division
Professional Officer Grade II
22. The Office of the Ombudsman Director General
23. The Office of Public Works Chairman
Commissioner
Director of Architectural Services
Director of Engineering Services
24. The Office of the Revenue Commissioners Chairman
Commissioner
Collector-General
25. The Office of the State Pathologist State Pathologist
Deputy State Pathologist
26. The Property Registration Authority Chief Executive
27. The Public Appointments Service Chief Executive
28. The State Examinations Commission Chief Executive Officer
Head of Examinations and Assessments Division
29. The State Laboratory State Chemist
30. The Valuation Office Commissioner of Valuation and Chief Boundary Surveyor
31. The Workplace Relations Commission Director General

 
A public servant -

(a) in Dublin City Council, in a position of Chief Executive, Assistant Chief Executive, Director of Services, Head of Finance or Head of Human Resources, or
(b) in any other local authority, in a position of Chief Executive, Director of Services or Head of Finance,

is prescribed as a designated public official for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Act.

The persons holding positions in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform the principal duties of which are to provide advice to the Minister, to which positions they were appointed on 10 March 2011 or 31 May 2011, are prescribed as designated public officials for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Act.

Divisional Manager in Cork County Council:

  • With effect from 1 September 2016 a public servant in Cork County Council in a position of Divisional Manager is prescribed as a designated public official for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Act.