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Lobbying registration laws begin
01 Sep 2015 09:09
The head of the Register of Lobbying has said that penalties will not apply during the first year of the new Regulation of Lobbying Act, which comes into effect from today.
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Under the legislation, lobbyists must register and record their lobbying activities.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Sherry Perreault said that there will be a grace period to allow people to become accustomed to the new requirements of the act.
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"There are enforcement provisions in the act but they won't be enforced for the first year to allow the act as they say to 'bed down' so that people will become familiar with the obligations and make it part of their routine in order to start registering and recording their lobbying activities and submitting returns," she said.
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She added that the provisions "that will be enforced in a year’s time include fixed penalties all the way up to and including more severe financial penalties and even imprisonment".
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She said the registry is to be publicly accessible and available online.
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"It will include information about who is lobbying, who is being lobbied and what the subject matter is."
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