Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
541. Deputy Peter Power asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the Government is planning legislation on the regulation of professional lobbyists; and if so, when the legislation will be put before the Dáil. [26442/07]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Arising from previous research completed by the Institute of Public Administration on behalf of the Department in 2004, my Department commissioned further research by a Trinity College / Dublin City University joint team to establish a clear profile of formal systems for regulating lobbyists in public life in certain jurisdictions, thereby facilitating an assessment of their relevance to public life in Ireland. This research report, entitled Examining and Assessing the Regulation of Lobbyists in Canada, the USA, the EU institutions, and Germany has been published electronically on my Department’s website and copies of the report were placed in the Oireachtas Library in June 2007.
The Programme for Government includes a commitment to consider legislation to regulate lobbyists, and this will be taken forward having regard to the conclusions of the Trinity College / Dublin City University report and emerging developments at international level.
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