Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 640 No. 4

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  541.  Deputy Peter Power  Information on Peter Power  Zoom on Peter Power   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   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): Information on John Gormley  Zoom on 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, [1460]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.

Question No. 542 answered with Question
No. 538.


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