Governance and Administration

Regulation of Lobbying

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Each Elected Member of the Council, the Chief Executive and Members of Senior Management Team are designated Public Officials under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 comes into effect on 1 September 2015. It provides that certain people who are carrying on lobbying activities must register with the Standards in Public Office Commission and must provide information about their lobbying activities.

The Register of Lobbying will be maintained by the Standards in Public Office Commission and will be publicly accessible at

The Register of Lobbying will include information about:

  • Who is lobbying?
  • On whose behalf is lobbying being carried out?
  • The issues involved in the lobbying.
  • What is the intended result of the lobbying?
  • Who is being lobbied?

Designated Public Officials:

The person being lobbied is a designated public official. They include:

  • Ministers and Ministers of State
  • TDs and Senators
  • MEPs for constituencies in this State
  • Members of local authorities
  • Special Advisers
  • Secretaries General and Assistant Secretaries in the Civil Service
  • Chief Executive Officers and Directors of Services in Local Authorities

Guidelines for Designated Public Officials

Further Information:

More information on the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 can be found at

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has prepared and published a code, known as the "Transparency Code", which sets out how certain relevant public bodies, such as ministerial advisory groups, may conduct their activities in a transparent way. By adhering to the Transparency Code, communications within these bodies would meet the exemption from the requirement to register and report on lobbying activities.

For Cork County Council's Designated Public Officials see list below:

List of "Relevant Bodies" adhering to the Transparency Code: