Planned lobbying legislation likely to be watered down

The cabinet has given the go-ahead for new laws which would regulate the lobbying of government and public bodies for the first time.

4th May, 2013
Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The cabinet has given the go-ahead for new laws which would regulate the lobbying of government and public bodies for the first time.

Though industry, professional groups and lobbyists have themselves lobbied against the measure, the cabinet last week approved the drafting of the Regulation of Lobbying Bill, which is expected to become law before the end of the year.

However, the proposed legislation appears likely to be somewhat weakened when it is drafted later...

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