Regulation of Lobbying

As a public body, we must comply with responsibilities around the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is a web based Register of Lobbying that makes information available to the public regarding the identity of those communicating with public officials on policy, legislation, and future decisions.

REGULATION OF LOBBYING ACT 2015

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law in March 2015. The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (no 5 of 2015) (the Act) commenced on 1 September 2015.

Designated Public Officials are not subject to rules regarding the registration and reporting of lobbying. Their interactions when lobbied must be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

Designated Public Officials’ Details for the Public Appointments Service

Name Organisation Job Title
Shirley Comerford Public Appointments Service Chief Executive Officer

Role & Responsibilities:

Responsibility for implementation of Board policy, strategy, management and operation of the Public Appointments Service resides with the Corporate Executive, affected through the Chief Executive.

The Chief Executive is responsible for:

a) preparing and submitting to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform a statement of strategy for the purposes of paragraph (b) of section 4(1) of the Public Service Management Act 1997;

b) managing and controlling generally the staff, administration and business of the Public Appointments Service;

c) performing such other functions that are conferred on him or her by or under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 or as may be determined by the Board;

d) being the recruitment licence holder for the Public Appointments Service;

e) drawing up the strategic plan for the Public Appointments Service for consideration and approval by the Board before submitting it to the Minister;

f) being the Accounting Officer for the appropriation accounts of the Public Appointments Service for the purposes of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Acts 1866 and 1921 and the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993;

g) providing the Board with such information (including financial information) in relation to the performance of his or her functions as the Board may from time to time require;

h) reporting periodically to the Board and, from time to time, and advising the board on relevant issues;

i) carrying out his or her functions as the Head of the Scheduled Office under the Public Service Management Act 1997 (as amended by Part 1 of Schedule 2);

j) undertaking such other functions of the Public Appointments Service as may be determined by the Board;

k) consulting with the relevant Secretary General of the Department of the State as appropriate for designated senior appointments;

l) at the request in writing of an Oireachtas Committee, attending before it to give account for the general administration of the Public Appointments Service, as may be required by such Committee.

Arrangements for communication with the public generally and the media of policy or other developments in the organisation, including where such developments or policy have been formulated by the Board will be a matter for the Chief Executive (and/or his/her staff).

Register of Lobbying

The Register of Lobbying can be accessed at www.lobbying.ie