DUBLIN: The Irish Attorney General is drafting legislation for the
creation of a register of lobbyists. The Irish government has agreed to
the draft following allegations made at the Flood Tribunal, which is
probing a planning scandal where lobbyists are accused of making secret
payments to politicians. The Irish PR industry has cautiously welcomed
the register, but Nigel Heneghan, president of the country’s PR
Institute, said government officials dealing with lobbyists should also
be subject to scrutiny.