The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 came into force in September 2015. This Act will apply to a large number of Dóchas members and in particular organisations that employ more than ten staff and organisations that employ one or more staff but whose primary activity is lobbying/ advocacy.
Organisations that fall under the remit of the bill will be required to record all lobbying activity/communications that they engage in with Designated Public Officials (currently County Councillors; Ministers and Ministers of State; Ministers' Special Advisers; MEPs; Chief Executives and Directors of Services in County Councils; and public officials at the level of Assistant Secretary or above) in the Register of Lobbying, which is an online database.
The first formal return to the Register of Lobbying will be required by 21 January 2016 at the latest to cover the period from September to December 2015 so Dóchas members will need to know if they are affected, and what they need to do to comply with the requirements of the act.
In order to assist Dóchas members with this process see below a comprehensive briefing on the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 and how it applies to NGOs and what actions you may need to take and how to go about it.
You can also view the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 in full on the Irish Statute website here.