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 Further information on the Act can be found at this website.

Designated Public Officials

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 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 (DPOs) within the National Council for Special Education are:

Teresa Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Special Education

The appointment and role of the NCSE CEO is prescribed under Section 24 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. The CEO shall manage and control generally the staff, administration and business of the Council, and shall perform such other functions as may be conferred on him or her by the Council.

Working Groups operating under the Transparency Code

The Lobbying Act also requires the publication of information relating to any Working Groups that are operating under the Transparency Code. Such groups, known as “relevant bodies” qualify for exempted communications from the Lobbying Act and must conduct their activities in line with the criteria set out in the Transparency Code. A suite of information relating to the work of the group must be published on the agency’s website.

The National Council for Special Education is carrying out a comprehensive review of the Special Needs Assistant scheme at the request of the Minister for Education and Skills. The Term of Reference for this review are available at:

As part of this review, the NCSE established a Working Group to assist in identifying and developing the most appropriate form of support options.

In accordance with the Transparency Code, the membership, terms of reference and minutes of meetings of the Working Group from 17th July 2017 onwards are published here.

Terms of Reference
Membership of Advisory Group


17th July 2017
01st August 2017
29th August 2017

Minutes of Meetings

17th July 2017
01st August 2017
29th August 2017