Insights from the Inside - Understanding Legislative, FoI and Lobbying Processes: Dublin - 16 May 2017

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
16 May 2017 - 9:30am - 1:00pm
The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street (entrance on Parliament Row), Dublin 2
Price details: 
70 Euro for Members of The Wheel 120 Euro Non-members
Progressing your cause and helping to shape local and national policies is, of course, easier said than done. However, with the appropriate level of insight and understanding - combined with a savvy deployment of the practical skills that this workshop will teach you - it certainly can be done.

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Course details: 

Providing you with practical skills and insider know-how - from influencing major decision makers to effecting local or national policy - this half-day workshop from The Wheel will help you to rise to the challenge of creating real and meaningful change in your community.

The workshop will equip you with practical skills to create a clear, well-supported Oireachtasadvocacy strategy. As a participant, you will learn how government really works and how to identify who has the power to bring about the changes you seek.

You will also learn how open government ‘tools’ like Freedom of Information requests, can help increase the effectiveness of your research and advocacy.

Our esteemed presenters (see full bios below), Nuala Haughey and Senan Turnbull, bring a broad range of experience to bare on the topics of policy change and advocacy, from Open Government to the nuts and bolts of how government departments work, they’ll give you the essential insights you need to shape the legislative and policy agenda.

Specific Learnings

Unpacking Public Decision Making:

  • Understanding how policy gets made in your area and who you need to convince to make change happen.
  • Identifying key documents/records to support your advocacy work.
  • Recognising opportunities to engage with decision makers and advance solutions.
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act to gather information to support your analysis and strengthen your advocacy.


  • General framework for understanding advocacy
  • Developing a successful advocacy strategy
  • Developing solid cases for change
  • Understanding the campaigning element of advocacy versus making the ‘case for change’ with administrators.


  • TASC presentation, Research, FOI: Nuala Haughey: 09.30am-11am
  • Break: 11am-11.15am
  • Advocacy presentation: Senan Turnbull 11.15am-1pm.

Facilitators: Senan Turnbull & Nuala Haughey

Senan Turnbull

SENAN TURNBULL is is a retired public servant whose career across many Departments and State Bodies saw him work with the community and voluntary sector in particular.

He has had a continuous voluntary involvement at local and national levels throughout his life. Since retiring he has become involved with a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organisations including The Governance Code, Irish Hospice Foundation, Cycling Ireland, Ballymun United FC, and the Croke Park Community Fund.

NUALA HAUGHEY leads TASC’s Open Government project. She was head of advocacy and research with Transparency International Ireland for two years until 2013, leading research on political party financing reforms, anNuala Taugheyd measures to regulate lobbying and to protect whistleblowers.

Nuala has also worked extensively with the European Commission and a range of international NGOs, delivering technical assistance and training as well as observing elections overseas.

From 1995 to 2006 Nuala was a news reporter and then Social Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times. Nuala has a law degree (LLB) from the Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University.

What Previous Attendees said about this workshop:

"A framework for advocacy, which can act as a reference point for the style/content one might use at a particular point in time. Some case studies/real life examples. Very useful, especially re FOI and structure of government." - B. Lennon, Dear Hear Ireland 
"Good grounding on approach to advocacy and setting out your attitude and priorities. Found the FOI policy making element very useful and informative." - I. Carey, Irish Environmental Network
"Really good discussions on literal meaning of advocacy, role of advocate nicely explained. Examples of FOI and case studies of good use were excellent." - N. McGuinness, Early Childhood Ireland 
"General discussion of 'what is advocacy' very helpful.Very useful to learn about FOI requests and how policy decisions are made." - J. Joyce, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The New Governance Code

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The Code has been developed by the sector and for the sector, with the express purpose of enabling CVC organisations to achieve the highest standards of governance in the running of their organisations.

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TASC is Ireland’s independent, progressive think-tank. Our core focus is economic equality and democratic accountability.

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone involved in advocacy, lobbying or communiction in your organisation. Members of groups interested in shaping policy at any level.  

How to Register: 

Registration on the day from 9.15am.

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Course contact details

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