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 Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under this legislation are:
Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather.Humphreys@ahrrga.gov.ie
Joe McHugh T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands email@example.com
Pauric McPhillips, Special Adviser to Minister Humphreys Pauric.McPhillips@ahrrga.gov.ie
Katherine Licken, Secretary General firstname.lastname@example.org
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
John Concannon, Director – Creative Ireland Programme. John.Concannon@ahrrga.gov.ie