Posted by Elaine Byrne
Carl O’Brien’s report in today’s Irish Times suggests that the government will implement robust legislation on lobbying. This is very welcome. The policy proposals have yet to released but include:
- Charities, professional bodies and commercial lobbyists will be on the register of lobbyists
- A two-year cooling-off period for public servants or ministers before they can work in the private sector
- A statutory register of lobbyists that would record the dates of all forms of communications
- A sliding scale of sanctions for lobbyists who fail to disclose details of contacts with decision-makers
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is holding a conference at Farmleigh in July to introduce their Policy Paper on the Regulation of Lobbyists and to provide a forum for discussion. This follows up on a submission process conducted earlier this year.
My Sunday Independent column on lobbyists.