IMPACT has submitted its returns to the Lobby Register covering the period from 1st January to 30th April 2017. 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 in 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 13 returns for the most recent reporting period. In 2016, the first full year of the online register, the union made a total of 57 submissions.
The latest lobbying returns submitted by IMPACT cover the following matters:
- Modification of policy regarding treatment of public servants serving on state boards
- Gender pay gap reporting
- Seeking changes to a draft bill on gender pay gap reporting
- Rejection of proposals that may arise to open staffless libraries in Cork City and County Council library services
- Legislation to give workers a ‘right to disconnect’ from work email outside of working hours
- Cost rental housing model / vacant site tax proposals
- Early education
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
- Future use of Bank of Ireland building in College Green, Dublin
- Appropriate sleepover duty rates for Galway Simon Community staff
- Education policies
- School Completion Programme (SCP)
- Implications of British exit from European Union
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 came into effect on 1st January this year. These provisions 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.