Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015




Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 came into effect on 1st 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 is maintained by the Standards in Public Office Commission and will be publicly accessible at

The Register of Lobbying includes 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
  • Members of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann
  • MEP’s for constituencies in this State
  • Members of Local Authorities
  • Special Advisers appointed under Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act
  • Secretaries General and Assistant Secretaries in the Civil Service
  • Chief Executive Officers and Directors of Services in Local Authorities

Designated Public Officials of Laois County Council

Section 6 (4) of the above Act requires each public body to publish a list showing the name, grade and brief details of the role and responsibilities of each “Designated Public Official” of the body.

The purpose of the list is:-

  • To allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials, and
  • As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details.

The designated public officials of Laois County Council are the Elected Members (Councillors) and the Chief Executive and Directors of Services. The following are details of same:

Chief Executive and Directors of Services

Mr. John Mulholland Laois County Council Chief Executive The role of the Chief Executive of the Council is to ensure that arrangements are put in place to achieve the objectives and policies determined by the elected representatives, and in this regard to manage all resources to enable him to perform these functions.  He has ultimate responsibility for ensuring the efficient and effective overall operation of the Local Authority
Mr. Donal Brennan Laois County Council Director of Services Corporate Services, Climate Action, Community, Information Technology
Ms. Angela McEvoy Laois County Council Director of Services Housing, Regeneration, Planning Development & Control, Arts and Heritage.
Mr. Simon Walton Laois County Council Director of Services Roads, Transportation, Environment, Water Services, Emergency Services
Mr. Dermot O’Loughlin Laois County Council A/Head of MyPay Implementation and delivery of the National Payroll and Superannuation Shared Services Programme
Mr. Gerard Murphy Laois County Council Head of Finance Finance, Economic Development, and Tourism
Ms. Carmel McNicholl Laois County Council A/Director of Services Ukrainian Response Team

The following are  the details of the Elected Members of Laois County Council by Municipal District:

Cllr. Paddy Bracken Borris in Ossory – Mountmellick Municipal District
Cllr. Conor Bergin  
Cllr. James Kelly  
Cllr. John King  
Cllr. Seamus McDonald  
Cllr. Ollie Clooney  
Cllr. Ben Brennan Graiguecullen – Portarlington Municipal District
Cllr. Padraig Fleming  
Cllr. Paschal McEvoy  
Cllr. Aisling Moran
Cllr. P.J. Kelly
Cllr. Aidan Mullins
Cllr. William Aird Portlaoise Municipal District
Cllr. Caroline Dwane Stanley
Cllr. John Joe Fennelly
Cllr. Barry Walsh
Cllr. Thomasina Connell
Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald
Cllr. Marie Tuohy

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