Nash welcomes Government adoption of Labour’s Lobbying Bill

15 February 2022

Labour’s Public Expenditure & Reform spokesperson Ged Nash has today welcomed the effective adoption of the Labour Party’s Post-Term Regulation of Lobbying Bill, 2020 by the government.

Deputy Nash said:

“Last June, members of Dáil Éireann debated a Labour Party Bill that would make a breach of the twelve month ‘cooling-off’ period for Ministers turned lobbyists an offence that would attract significant fines. Our Bill was drafted in the wake of the Michael D’Arcy affair and it unfortunately was stalled by government.

“The government proposals are, with the exception of some minor tweaks, virtually indistinguishable from the Labour Party Bill. We believe, it is in the public interest that the revolving door between former government ministers, special advisors and senior civil and public servants is better regulated and I am pleased that the government has adopted Labour’s proposals. Confidence in politics depends on it.”

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