IMPACT has submitted its returns to the Lobby Register covering the period from 1st May to 31st August 2016. Lobbying organisations are required to publish their returns no later than 21 days after the end of the relevant reporting period.
The Regulation of Lobbying Act was signed into law last year and commenced on 1st September 2015.
The purpose of the Act is to provide for a web-based Register of Lobbying 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.
IMPACT has made a total of 42 returns this year, with ten of these returns relating to activity during the 1st May – 31st August period.
The latest lobbying returns submitted by IMPACT cover the following matters:
- Seeking implementation of recommendations in IMPACT’s ‘Caring at What Cost?’ report
- Seeking to convene meeting of Community & Voluntary sector high level forum
- Seeking representation on Housing Stakeholder Forum
- Seeking the implementation of recommendations of IMPACT’s JobBridge report
- Objection to claim by Dublin City Council’s chief executive, Owen Keegan, that street cleaning and road and housing maintenance jobs in Dublin city are at risk of privatisation
- Industrial dispute in Childminding Ireland
- Objection to proposed Library Shared Services
- Seeking audit of competition run by Public Appointments Service for senior executive officer, senior engineer, and service executive engineer in local authorities
- Building service/staffing capacity in the National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
- Seeking intervention to secure payment to IMPACT members working in Brothers of Charity (Roscommon) by HSE
Failure to submit a return of lobbying activities carried out during period by the deadline is a contravention of the Regulation of Lobbying Act.
New enforcement provisions under the act were announced in July 2016 by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and will commence on 1st January 2017. The current reporting period (1st September to 31st December 2016) is covered by these new enforcement provisions, which give the Standards in Public Office Commission the authority to investigate and prosecute contraventions of the Act and to levy fixed payment notices for late filing of lobbying returns.
IMPACT members who undertake lobbying activity are not required to make a return unless they are lobbying under instruction from their union, such as in the event of a ‘grassroots’ campaign. All lobbying activity undertaken by IMPACT staff is reportable, apart from activity classified as ‘excepted communications’ under the legislation.
For more details about the legislation and the register, visit lobbying.ie.
See also: IMPACT trade union profile on Lobbying.ie.