The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what. The Standards in Public Office Commission has established an online register of lobbying at www.lobbying.ie. Section 6(4) of the Act requires each public body to publish a list of designated public officials of the body.

The purpose of the list is:

  • To allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials; and
  • As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details.

Further information regarding the legislation and further guidance on the Act is available on the Regulation of Lobbying website at www.lobbying.ie. Information may also be obtained by contacting the Standards Commission at info@lobbying.ie or at 01-6395722.

Designated Public Officials

The following public servants employed by the Houses of the Oireachtas Service are prescribed as designated public officials for the purposes of section 6(1)(f) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

Name           

Organisation

Grade

Role

Peter Finnegan Houses of the Oireachtas Service Clerk of the Dáil and
Secretary General 

There are two aspects to the role:

  • The administrative roles encompassing the post of Secretary
    General of the Service, Accounting Officer, and CEO of the Commission.
  • The procedural role encompassing the post of Clerk of Dáil Éireann, including ex-officio statutory functions.
Michael Errity  Houses of the Oireachtas Service  Assistant Secretary  Head of Corporate and Members’ Services Division 
Elaine Gunn  Houses of the Oireachtas Service Assistant Secretary 

Head of Parliamentary Services Division
The Assistant Secretary of this Division is also Clerk-Assistant of the Dáil

Members of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann

Members of the Dáil and the Seanad are designated public officials for the purposes of section 6(1)(b) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.