Zappone was not ‘lobbying’ when she sought UN special envoy role

The Regulation of Lobbying Act does not apply to communications made by individuals apart from those related to the zoning and development of land, according to the Standards in Public Office Commission

8th September, 2021
Zappone was not ‘lobbying’ when she sought UN special envoy role
Katherine Zappone has been at the centre of controversy over her appointment to UN special envoy position by the government. Picture: Maura Hickey

Katherine Zappone was not lobbying when in communication with the Department of Foreign Affairs about a UN special envoy role, advice from the state’s anti-corruption watchdog suggests.

An individual who was not talking about zoning or the development of land and was not paid to represent anyone, cannot be classified as a lobbyist, according to the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).

“The [Regulation of Lobbying] act does not apply to communications made...

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