Register of Lobbying website launched

Brendan Howlin T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  launched the Register of Lobbying website on Thursday 30 April.
 
From September this year, the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 requires that organisations that employ more than ten staff (or if their primary activity is lobbying/advocacy, organisations that employ one or more staff) will be required to record all lobbying activity/communications that they engage in with Designated Public Officials (currently County Councillors; Ministers and Ministers of State; Ministers' Special Advisers; MEPs; Chief Executives and Directors of Services in County Councils; and public officials at the level of Assistant Secretary or above) in the Register of Lobbying.  You can find out more, and access the Register of Lobbying at www.lobbying.ie
 
The first formal return to the Register of Lobbying will be required by 21 January 2016 at the latest to cover the period from September to December 2015 - so organisations will need to know if they are affected, and what they need to do to comply with the requirements of the act.
 
With this in mind, The Wheel and ICTR, supported by Chartered Accountants Ireland, have organised a briefing session on the new Register of Lobbyists on Friday 29 May from 11am to 1pm in Chartered Accountants House, 49, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 
 
Officials from the Standards in Public Office Commission (the agency that is responsible for the Regulation of Lobbying) and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (the department with overall responsibility for the policy area) will present an overview of the act and the actions organisations need to take to comply. There will be time for questions and answers at the event.
 
Please register here if you would like to attend.