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#Lobbying

# lobbying - Thursday 8 September, 2022

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying

Sep 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 26,299 Views 21 Comments
  • 13 former special advisers have asked for the exemption in two years.
  • Lobbying regulator SIPO has refused a Freedom of Information request to reveal identities of those who applied, Stephen McDermott writes.

# lobbying - Tuesday 19 July, 2022

Anti-cannabis group met privately with drugs minister to discuss possible RSA-style ad campaign
# Cannabis Risk Alliance
# Cannabis Risk Alliance

Anti-cannabis group met privately with drugs minister to discuss possible RSA-style ad campaign

Jul 19th 2022, 12:05 AM 32,142 Views 0 Comments
  • The Cannabis Risk Alliance told Frank Feighan last year that there should be "full transparency" around lobbyists and advocates, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • However, a loophole in lobbying laws mean the group's communications with the Government do not themselves have to be recorded.
  • Activists have questioned why the group had access to Feighan when those advocating for a different approach have found access more difficult.

# lobbying - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying
# Sipo Report
# Sipo Report

Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying

Jun 30th 2022, 1:08 PM 14,922 Views 17 Comments

Under the law, public officials are subject to a one year “cooling-off” period after they leave their roles.

# lobbying - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms

Jul 13th 2021, 8:50 PM 12,699 Views 10 Comments

Proposals to tighten laws on lobbying activity were approved by Cabinet today.

# lobbying - Monday 28 June, 2021

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report
# Lobby
# Lobby

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report

Jun 28th 2021, 2:36 PM 9,521 Views 2 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released its 2020 report on the regulation of lobbying.

# lobbying - Thursday 13 May, 2021

Cameron says he had 'big investment' in Greensill Capital but denies that motivated his intense lobbying
# Covid Crisis
# Covid Crisis

Cameron says he had 'big investment' in Greensill Capital but denies that motivated his intense lobbying

May 13th 2021, 6:54 PM 15,829 Views 14 Comments

Cameron placed calls and sent dozens of texts and emails to ministers and senior officials as tried to win access to Covid support programmes.

# lobbying - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

‘I make absolutely no apology at all’ over texts to businessman James Dyson, says Boris Johnson
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

‘I make absolutely no apology at all’ over texts to businessman James Dyson, says Boris Johnson

Apr 21st 2021, 6:08 PM 38,103 Views 30 Comments

Johnson sent the businessman a text about the tax status of his workers: “I will fix it tomo! We need you.”

# lobbying - Saturday 17 April, 2021

Explainer: The Greensill affair, 'a return of Tory sleaze' and how Ted Hastings could sort it all out
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Explainer: The Greensill affair, 'a return of Tory sleaze' and how Ted Hastings could sort it all out

Apr 17th 2021, 10:30 AM 12,317 Views 7 Comments

A former Prime Minister is causing trouble for the current one.

# lobbying - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
# Lobby Power
# Lobby Power

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle

Nov 21st 2020, 8:00 PM 24,930 Views 9 Comments

If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.

# lobbying - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’
# Opinion
# Opinion

Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’

Oct 1st 2020, 1:30 PM 10,120 Views 13 Comments

Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.

# lobbying - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Tánaiste says Michael D'Arcy should have contacted Sipo prior to taking new job as CEO of funds lobby group
# SIPO
# SIPO

Tánaiste says Michael D'Arcy should have contacted Sipo prior to taking new job as CEO of funds lobby group

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 2:30 PM 37,039 Views 5 Comments

The former junior finance minister is to resign his seat in the Seanad to take up the role.

# lobbying - Monday 16 March, 2020

'State should be concerned': National Lottery lobbied for change in law to prevent bookies taking lotto bets
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

'State should be concerned': National Lottery lobbied for change in law to prevent bookies taking lotto bets

Mar 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 65,213 Views 46 Comments

The National Lottery said being able to bet on the lotto in bookmakers “diminishes the attractiveness” of its products.

# lobbying - Friday 8 November, 2019

'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague
# E-cigarettes
# E-cigarettes

'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague

Nov 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 20,102 Views 29 Comments

The Health Minister has said he has no intention of meeting with vaping companies.

# lobbying - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Bríd Smith accuses Taoiseach of 'untruths' in fiery debate on lobbying and climate bill
# Dáil Clash
# Dáil Clash

Bríd Smith accuses Taoiseach of 'untruths' in fiery debate on lobbying and climate bill

Jul 9th 2019, 7:05 PM 19,709 Views 27 Comments

The Dáil was also temporarily suspended following questioning from TD Paul Murphy.

# lobbying - Thursday 21 February, 2019

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions

Feb 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 21,321 Views 42 Comments

Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year.

# lobbying - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today
# Transparency
# Transparency

New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today

Jan 1st 2019, 7:00 AM 7,149 Views 10 Comments

The goal is for lobbying to be carried out in an ethical and transparent manner.

# lobbying - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill
# Public Health Alcohol Bill
# Public Health Alcohol Bill

Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill

Sep 25th 2018, 8:00 PM 11,426 Views 32 Comments

There were reports that warnings on alcohol products linking excessive consumption to fatal cancers were to be removed.

# lobbying - Thursday 28 June, 2018

Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs
# Transparency
# Transparency

Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs

Jun 28th 2018, 2:03 PM 12,199 Views 15 Comments

The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is to prevent the use of insider information.

Here are Ireland's most active business lobbyists
# Policy And Economy
# Policy And Economy

Here are Ireland's most active business lobbyists

Jun 28th 2018, 12:54 PM 1,394 Views 0 Comments

Nearly 10,000 returns were submitted to the Register of Lobbying last year.

# lobbying - Thursday 5 April, 2018

Israeli government minister called on AIB to shut down Irish pro-Palestine accounts
# Palestine
# Palestine

Israeli government minister called on AIB to shut down Irish pro-Palestine accounts

Apr 5th 2018, 12:05 AM 38,799 Views 175 Comments

Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan was quoted as saying he called on AIB to close certain accounts.

# lobbying - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Casinos, gaming machines and online gambling to be overseen by independent regulator
# Long Time Coming
# Long Time Coming

Casinos, gaming machines and online gambling to be overseen by independent regulator

Jan 10th 2018, 8:00 PM 11,521 Views 27 Comments

The Gambling Control Bill, which has been gathering dust in Leinster House, is to be updated.

# lobbying - Monday 25 December, 2017

'To be honest, there's a lot of panic': What's changed for the undocumented Irish under Trump
# Anxious Wait
# Anxious Wait

'To be honest, there's a lot of panic': What's changed for the undocumented Irish under Trump

Dec 25th 2017, 3:30 PM 18,882 Views 96 Comments

Simon Coveney recently told the Dáil that there are Irish people “literally living in the shadows” in the US.

# lobbying - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

After a long hiatus, the Bill to ban booze ads from buses, trains and near schools is back
# On The Agenda
# On The Agenda

After a long hiatus, the Bill to ban booze ads from buses, trains and near schools is back

Nov 8th 2017, 7:55 AM 8,580 Views 52 Comments

It’s showdown time for the controversial Public Health Alcohol Bill which is back on the agenda this week.

# lobbying - Friday 10 March, 2017

Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as foreign agent
# Security Adviser
# Security Adviser

Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as foreign agent

Mar 10th 2017, 10:00 PM 21,615 Views 35 Comments

However, the White House said Trump himself wasn’t aware.

# lobbying - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Who's going to sit on the abortion assembly?
# Eighth Amendment
# Eighth Amendment

Who's going to sit on the abortion assembly?

Jun 21st 2016, 6:15 AM 11,423 Views 110 Comments

In 2012 when the Constitutional Convention was set up there were concerns about lobbying – but transparency is needed if Citizen’s Assembly is going to work.

# lobbying - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Catherine Murphy: Irish Water company met with 'Phil' before getting 'lucrative contract'
# Tapped Up
# Tapped Up

Catherine Murphy: Irish Water company met with 'Phil' before getting 'lucrative contract'

Jan 28th 2016, 4:40 PM 34,451 Views 167 Comments

The Social Democrat TD made a number of claims about Abtran in the Dáil today.

# lobbying - Monday 24 November, 2014

'Government distrust over water charges policy shows public want effective lobbying rules'
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

'Government distrust over water charges policy shows public want effective lobbying rules'

Nov 24th 2014, 1:53 PM 8,591 Views 31 Comments

Transparency Ireland said the new lobbying register doesn’t go far enough.

# lobbying - Friday 20 June, 2014

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law
# Get Smart Fast
# Get Smart Fast

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law

Jun 20th 2014, 4:50 PM 5,748 Views 12 Comments

A Bill published by Brendan Howlin will essentially deal with: ‘Who is contacting whom and about what’.

# lobbying - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

# lobbying - Monday 10 March, 2014

‘I had no role in advising the government’: Frank Flannery resigns from Rehab and Fine Gael
# Gone
# Gone

‘I had no role in advising the government’: Frank Flannery resigns from Rehab and Fine Gael

Mar 10th 2014, 10:50 PM 18,718 Views 127 Comments

Fine Gael has thanked Flannery for his “unstinting and loyal service to the party” while the Public Accounts Committee has said it still expects the former Rehab CEO to appear before it.

# lobbying - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Google lobbies against proposed restrictions on Glass while driving
# Legislation
# Legislation

Google lobbies against proposed restrictions on Glass while driving

Feb 25th 2014, 4:29 PM 414 Views 0 Comments

The company is lobbying legislators in at least three US states in a bid to stop proposed restrictions on Glass while driving.

# lobbying - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Menthol ban part of compromise EU deal on tobacco control
# Tobacco
# Tobacco

Menthol ban part of compromise EU deal on tobacco control

Oct 8th 2013, 12:03 PM 5,347 Views 44 Comments

65 per cent of packaging will be covered by warnings as opposed to the 75 per cent advocated by anti-tobacco lobby and the 50 per cent pushed for by those in the industry.

# lobbying - Monday 7 October, 2013

Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings
# Smoking
# Smoking

Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings

Oct 7th 2013, 6:22 PM 8,461 Views 60 Comments

Cigarette companies have been accused of spending millions to influence new European directives on tobacco, but Enda Kenny and James Reilly are asking their European counterparts to vote against any change to warning labels.

# lobbying - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'
# Tobacco
# Tobacco

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'

Sep 11th 2013, 7:30 AM 3,786 Views 25 Comments

Labour’s Phil Prendergast has said lobby groups are courting MEPs, hoping to encourage them to dilute directives that would be harmful to the industry.

# lobbying - Monday 29 July, 2013

Man arrested after abusive tweets sent to UK bank note campaigner
# Twitter
# Twitter

Man arrested after abusive tweets sent to UK bank note campaigner

Jul 29th 2013, 8:33 AM 11,679 Views 44 Comments

Police said a 21-year-old man had been arrested “on suspicion of harassment offences”.

# lobbying - Monday 3 June, 2013

British government vows new lobbying law after scandal
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

British government vows new lobbying law after scandal

Jun 3rd 2013, 6:37 PM 7,814 Views 16 Comments

New laws to regulate lobbying have today been promised in the UK, after four politicians were filmed by undercover reporters offering to push lobbyists’ agendas in parliament in exchange for cash.

# lobbying - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Taoiseach, ministers criticised for "inappropriate" tobacco industry meeting
# Tobacco Industry
# Tobacco Industry

Taoiseach, ministers criticised for "inappropriate" tobacco industry meeting

May 23rd 2013, 11:02 AM 8,955 Views 36 Comments

It has been reported that the Taoiseach and two senior ministers met with members of the tobacco industry a fortnight ago.

# lobbying - Friday 3 May, 2013

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that

May 3rd 2013, 7:00 AM 131 Views 40 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, explains the reasoning behind the government’s new plans to regulate lobbying and restore public faith in a vital activity.

# lobbying - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules
# Transparency
# Transparency

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules

Apr 30th 2013, 2:12 PM 3,366 Views 11 Comments

Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.

# lobbying - Friday 4 January, 2013

Poll: Should ministers lobby councils on behalf of individual constituents?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should ministers lobby councils on behalf of individual constituents?

Jan 4th 2013, 10:06 AM 5,366 Views 58 Comments

Ministers have sent almost a thousand letters to local authorities on behalf of constituents since taking office. Do you think they should?

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