Sherry Perreault, head of ethics and lobbying regulations at the Standards in Public Office Commission,  called on the Government to introduce changes giving the regulator additional powers to impose fines to tackle post-employment breaches.

The State’s public office watchdog has secured its first conviction under the country’s four-year-old lobbying law over the late filing of returns on (...)

Director of Equate  Michael Barron with Minister for Education Richard Bruton at a school admissions seminar organised by Equate last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A civil society group which lobbied in favour of removing the so-called Baptism barrier from Irish schools says a campaign of “groundless” complaints (...)

Sherry Perreault , Sipo’s head of ethics and lobbying regulation: ‘When contacted, the vast majority of people come into compliance quite quickly.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six senior medical consultants have been found in contravention of ethics legislation in the first tranche of reports on individuals published by the (...)

 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: phone call between Eoghan Ó Neachtain and Mr Naughten on the proposed Celtic Media takeover by INM was not registered.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former government press secretary Eoghan Ó Neachtain has registered 10 separate returns of lobbying activity over the past two years, including two me(...)

Amnesty International Ireland - headed by executive director Colm O’Gorman - is   refusing to return the money and has described Sipo’s demand as ‘unreasonable and unjust’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The George Soros-funded organisation behind a controversial €137,000 donation to Amnesty International Ireland has accused the Standards in Public Off(...)

Amnesty International’s chief executive, Colm O’Gorman. Photograph: Alan Betson

The foreign foundation that gave money to Amnesty to support its campaign on abortion has taken issue with the Standards in Public Office Commission ((...)

As organisations get used to the new regime, perhaps they will learn how to provide meaningful levels of detail. Photograph: Getty Images

The year-long soft launch is over. From tomorrow, those who lobby the State but fail to register the activity, or register it late, face fines and pot(...)

 Sherry Perreault, head of the  Register of Lobbying: said she was pleased with the number of people who had registered and filed returns with the organisation so far, as well as how it was  operating. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The new Register of Lobbying has had more than 1,300 people or organisations register with it since it came into operation last year. It has also rece(...)

The technology company Facebook filed two returns for lobbying activity for the last three months of 2015

Media owner Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group, which owns Newstalk and Today FM, lobbied the Government for financial support for the public services(...)

The request by the tourist assistance service was made in a letter in recent months to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and posted on Tuesday to the lobbying register. Photograph: The Irish Times

A tourism body wants the Government to provide a seven-day Dublin city centre drop-in centre for visitors who fall victim to crimes such as robbery an(...)

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