Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act, 2001

Prohibition on certain communications.

31.—(1) A person who communicates with a member of the Agency or with a member of the staff of the Agency, or with a consultant, adviser or other person engaged by the Agency, for the purpose of influencing improperly his or her consideration of any matter which falls to be considered or decided by the Agency is guilty of an offence.

(2) If a member or a person to whom a communication is made becomes of opinion that a communication is in contravention of subsection (1), it shall be his or her duty not to entertain the communication further and he or she shall inform forthwith the chairperson of the Agency in writing of the substance of such communication and the chairperson shall acknowledge in writing the receipt of such information.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €2,000 (£1,575.13) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.