Designated Public Officials
The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015
Designated Public Officials – Department of Defence
The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 commenced on 1st September 2015.
The Act provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission will establish and maintain an online Register of lobbying activity - www.lobbying.ie . The purpose of the Register is to make 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 the body. The purpose of the list is twofold:
1. To allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials; and
2. As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may not need to source a designated public official’s details.
The Designated Public Officials of the Department of Defence under this legislation are:
Leo Varadkar, TD Taoiseach and Minister for Defence
Paul Kehoe, TD Minister of State at the Department of Defence with Special Responsibility for Defence
John Coughlan Advisor to Minister of State Paul Kehoe
Niall O'Connor Advisor to Minister of State Paul Kehoe
Maurice Quinn Secretary General
Des Dowling Assistant Secretary
Ciaran Murphy Assistant Secretary
Robert Mooney Assistant Secretary
Clare Tiernan Director