Designated Public Officials
The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 which came into effect on 1 September 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission will establish and maintain an online Register of lobbying activity. www.lobbying.ie.
The purpose of the Register is to make information available to the public on the identity of those communicating with designated public officials on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions. Lobbyists must report on their interactions with the Designated Public Officials.
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 twofold:
- 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.
The Designated Public Officials of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under this legislation are:
Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht email@example.com
Joe McHugh T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Licken, Secretary General email@example.com
Feargal Ó Coigligh, Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Arts, Culture, Film & Music. Feargal.Ocoigligh@ahrrga.gov.ie
Niall Ó Donnchú, Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Built and Natural Heritage. Niall.Odonnchú@ahrrga.gov.ie
Conor Falvey, Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Corporate Affairs. Conor.Falvey@ahrrga.gov.ie