The introduction by the Standards in Public Office Commission of a Code of Conduct for persons carrying out lobbying activity provides greater clarity on process for lobbyists and is another positive step in the transformation of how lobbying is carried out in Ireland.
Commentating on the new Code, Siobhan Masterson, Ibec Head of Corporate Affairs, said: “Following a consultation period, today’s move by the Standards Commission to launch its Code of Conduct is welcome and will improve policy making outcomes by introducing a deliberate focus on ethics and transparency.
“As Ireland’s largest lobbying organisation and its number one business lobby, Ibec has advocated for and supported lobbying reform including the introduction of the Lobbying Act in 2015. The new Code builds on that reform and provides explicit reference to eight broad principles around responsible and legitimate lobbying as a means of supporting the current regulation of lobbying. These principles form the basis of a broad set of standards to which all lobbyists can subscribe to regardless of who they represent.”
The Code’s eight new principles:
1) Demonstrating respect for public bodies.
2) Acting with honesty and integrity.
3) Ensuring accuracy of information.
4) Disclosure of identity and purpose of lobbying activities.
5) Preserving confidentiality.
6) Avoiding improper influence.
7) Observing the provisions of the Regulation of Lobbying Act.
8) Having regard to the Code of Conduct.