Wednesday, 18 April 2018
The answer to the sole question the Deputy asked is "Yes". The Minister, Deputy Denis Naughten, is willing to come before the House this afternoon to make a personal statement. I understand that has been agreed for 3 p.m. The Minister will be willing to take questions on foot of that. He informs me the date was 4 January 2017, not November 2016. The information, as I said earlier, was not confidential. It is not unusual for PR companies and PR agents to use information that is not confidential or publicly available and make out somehow that it is confidential information.
Under the lobbying Act, the onus is on the lobbyist to register. It is not a requirement that the politician do so. I imagine the Deputy is aware of that because I doubt that she has ever registered under the lobbying Act herself. It is not her obligation to do so; it is the person lobbying her who is obliged to do so.