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Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 - designated public officials

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is designed to provide information for the public on the identity of those communicating with designated public officials on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions. 

Further information about the legislation and guidance on the Act is available on 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:

o to allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials; and

o as a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register of Lobbyists who may need to source a Designated Public Official’s details.

Designated public officials within the Courts Service are:


Job title

Area of responsibility

Angela Denning

Chief Executive Officer 

Chief Executive

Geraldine Hurley

Head of Directorate

Offices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court; Judicial Research support

Peter Mullan 

Head of Directorate 

Offices of the Circuit Court, District Court, Central Criminal Court, and Special Criminal Court;  Courts Service regional offices

Seán Quigley 

Head of Directorate 

Finance (including Courts Service vote and court funds); Organisation Development & Training

Paul Burns 

Head of Directorate 

Information & Communications Technology; Estates & Buildings; Human Resources; Information services (including media)

Audrey Leonard

Head of Directorate 

Reform of court legislation; modernisation of court rules, practices and procedures; support for court rules committees; library services

John Glennon 

Probate Officer

Probate Office of the High Court; issue of grants of probate and letters of administration

Michael Neary 

Property Arbitrator

Arbitrator in disputes arising from decisions of the State to acquire land compulsorily





Updated: 20 September 2019