Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what. The Standards in Public Office Commission have established an online register of lobbying at www.lobbying.ie

Section 6(4) of the Act requires each public body to publish a list of designated public officials of the body. The purpose of the list is twofold:

  1. To allow members of the public to identify those persons who are designated public officials; and
  2. As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details.

Designated Public Officials in the Department of Health:

Name Job Title and Description
Simon Harris TD Minister for Health
Joanne Lonergan Adviser to Minister Harris, Minister for Health
Majella Fitzpatrick Adviser to Minister Harris, Minister for Health
Finian McGrath TD Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
Damian O’Farrell Adviser to Minister of State McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
Gerry Maguire Adviser to Minister of State McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
Catherine Byrne TD Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD Minister of State for Health Promotion
Helen McEntee TD Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People
James Breslin Secretary General – The Secretary General is the Administrative Head of the Department, the Accounting Officer and has overall management responsibility for the quality of advice submitted to the Minister.
Dr Colm O’Reardon Deputy Secretary general with responsibility for Policy and Strategy Division
Dr Siobhan O’Halloran Chief Nursing Officer with responsibility for Nursing/Midwifery, Mental Health and Drugs Policy and Social Inclusion Division
Dr Tony Holohan Chief Medical Officer with responsibility for the CMO’s office
Fergal Goodman Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Primary Care Division
Frances Spillane Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Social Care Division
Muiris O’Connor Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Research & Development and Health Analaytics Division
Greg Dempsey Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Finance and Evaluation Division
Teresa Cody Assistant Secretary with responsibility for National HR Division
Tracey Conroy Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Acute Care Division
Vacancy Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Governance and Performance Division