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# lobbying - Thursday 1 October, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are Ireland's most active business lobbyists

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

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

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

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

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

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

# lobbying - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Who's going to sit on the abortion assembly?

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'

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'

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

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

# lobbying - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# lobbying - Monday 10 March, 2014

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

# lobbying - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Column: Here’s how the Budget could have been fairer

It was an exercise in macho posturing, writes Mary Murphy – but there are ways for the Government to boost our confidence in them.

# lobbying - Sunday 2 December, 2012

Lobby groups warned over intensive lobbying of constitutional convention

Convention chairman Tom Arnold says citizen members are entitled not to be bombarded with unwanted contact.

# lobbying - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

European health commissioner John Dalli resigns over lobbying allegations

The EU’s anti-fraud office has begun investigations into whether Dalli was open to lobbying and bribery on tobacco plans.

# lobbying - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Website needed for disclosure of lobbyists' meetings with policy makers

Transparency International Ireland has reacted to a report in today’s Irish Times outlining proposed laws that will force lobbyists to disclose their contacts with politicians and senior civil servants.

# lobbying - Thursday 24 May, 2012

From The Daily Edge Pizza is not a vegetable says Congressman PIZZA SLICE

Pizza is not a vegetable says Congressman

The SLICE Act aims to counter US Congress’ ruling that pizza is a vegetable.

# lobbying - Thursday 22 March, 2012

How to prevent corruption in the future: Mahon's recommendations

The payments and planning inquiry has learned some valuable lessons in 15 years, it says – here are its recommendations for fighting corruption.

# lobbying - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

John Player argues for tobacco industry's "voice to be heard"

“Democracy is not the sole preserve of the NGO community,” said the tobacco company in its submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

# lobbying - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

MEP: McCreevy's boom-time diary raises issues about lobbyists

New documents show that McCreevy met with many major developers and bankers – including Sean Quinn and Bernard McNamara – during the Irish property bubble.

# lobbying - Monday 23 January, 2012

Fianna Fáil publishes bill to regulate lobbyist industry

The party says a lobbyists’ register must be brought into effect before the State considers selling off its major assets.

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