Members will be aware that the enforcement provisions provided for in Part 4 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 came into effect on New Year’s Day. You might also have read the coverage of the PRII submission to the Statutory review in this weekend’s Sunday Business Post.
You can read the full submission here. Along with a report from the recent meeting with Minister Paschal Donohue here.
Section 21(1) of Part 4 of the Act provides that a person who is late submitting a return of their lobbying activities may be served with a Fixed Payment Notice of €200.
January 21st is the deadline for submissions for the period 1 September – 31 December 2016.
Ahead of this PRII will be holding another of our Lobbying Act Compliance Workshops on January 17th – find out more here.
A registered person who is late submitting their lobbying return will, therefore, be issued with a Fixed Payment Notice of €200. If the Fixed Payment is not paid within 21 days, the person may be prosecuted for an offence under section 20(1) of the Act.
Even if you they have not carried out lobbying activities during a particular return period a person registered on the Lobbying Register must complete a nil return. A similar fine of €200 is applicable for late submission of a nil return also.
This part of the act further allows the Standards Commission investigate and possible prosecute a registered person who does not submit any lobbying return for a particular period.