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Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 - Designated Public Officials

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 commenced on 1 September 2015.

The Act provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission will establish and maintain an online Register of lobbying activity, making 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 that body. The list is a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details. The list of Designated Public Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is set out in the table below:

Name Organisation Title
Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 
Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development

Ms Helen McEntee, T.D.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Minister of State for European Affairs
Ms Caitríona Fitzpatrick Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Special Adviser
Mr. Niall Burgess  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Secretary General 
Ms Geraldine Byrne Nason  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Second Secretary General 
Mr. Michael Collins Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Second Secretary General
Mr. Rory Montgomery Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Second Secretary General
Mr. Adrian O'Neill  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Second Secretary General
Mr. Bobby McDonagh  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Deputy Secretary General
Mr. Brendan Rogers  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Deputy Secretary General 
Ms Anne Barrington  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. Ruairí de Búrca Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. John Conlan  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Chief Financial Officer 
Ms Maeve Collins Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Ms Ann Derwin Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. Michael Gaffey  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. Austin Gormley Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. Joe Hackett Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. Tom Hanney  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. Justin Harman  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Ms Sonja Hyland Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary 
Ms Barbara Jones Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. J P Kavanagh  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary
Mr. Declan Kelleher  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. James Kingston  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Legal Adviser 
Mr. Eamonn McKee  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. Dan Mulhall  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary
Mr. Fergal Mythen Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary 
Ms Aingeal O'Donoghue Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Ms Patricia O'Brien  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary
Mr. Colm Ó Floinn  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Ms Orla O'Hanrahan Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary
Mr. Eoin O'Leary  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 
Mr. Barrie Robinson  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Assistant Secretary 

Ms Fiona Flood, Director of Security, Coordination & Compliance Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is the Nominated Official to liaise with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).

Guidance

The Standards Commission has a role under the legislation to issue guidance and information and to promote an understanding of the legislation. The Standards Commission, in co-operation with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, has published guidance on the Regulation of Lobbying Act for Designated Public Officials.

Further information regarding the legislation and further guidance on the Act is available on the Regulation of Lobbying website at www.lobbying.ie. Further information may also be obtained by contacting the Standards Commission at info@lobbying.ie or at 01-6395722.