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Cllr Dermot Lacey

Representing Pembroke-South Dock Ward on Dublin City Council
Dermot Lacey is a Labour Party Councillor for the Pembroke-South Dock Ward on Dublin City Council. Dermot has been a member of Dublin City Council since 1993, and lives in Beech Hill, Donnybrook.
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My new book – All the Red Ties

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I’m delighted to be publishing my new book on the history of scouting in Donnybrook, All the Red Ties, later this month.  Please get in touch with me if you would like to order a copy.

Book cover of All the Red Ties, by Dermot Lacey

Book cover of All the Red Ties, by Dermot Lacey

Urban Land Institute Conference & City Council Chief Executive

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The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

Dear Editor,

I think I was the only City Councillor present to hear the Dublin City Council Chief Executive speak at the recent Urban Land Institute Conference. Perhaps that is why I have not been one of those to respond negatively.

I did not hear him propose “building on our Parks or rezoning “real green spaces or recreational areas”. I did hear him say there was a case for “revisiting” some of the green zoned lands that do not offer significant amenity value. I agree. I do so from experience.

This week in the very estate in which I live work started on nineteen new social homes. This will be in addition to the nine affordable homes and the six additional social housing units that we found space for in this small estate over the last few years. These were on “green spaces” that had “no amenity value”. In fact two of the sites had been permanently locked since the estate was built over fifty years ago. It is also worth noting that twenty eight of these homes will have been developed by Voluntary Housing Bodies and six by the City Council. All on what might be called “left over” “Green” or Council lands.

If we are to resolve our Housing crisis we must be imaginative, innovative and open to new ideas. Yes of course we must protect local amenity and open spaces ..but we also must provide shelter and homes for those in need.

Incidentally the suggestion contained elsewhere in the media that the Chairperson of the Housing Agency was not challenged on his absurd claim at the same Conference “that there was no housing crisis” is wrong. He was…by me.
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Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey

O Cualann Alliance

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The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

 

Dear Editor,

I welcome Minister Eoghan Murphy’s support for the O Cualann Alliance approach to cooperative housing. The pity is that he didn’t inform his colleagues of that a few weeks earlier when along with Fianna Fáil, Sinn Fein and the Far left Parties, Fine Gael voted against a Labour Party amendment on the Local Property Tax at Dublin City Council that specifically provided E2.5 million for a pilot project for O Cualann.

Councillor Dermot Lacey

Votes at 16

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Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

 

 

Dear Editor,

The Government is proposing to hold a Referendum to extend voting rights to those aged over 16. No such vote is required to extend voting rights to those same people for Local Elections. This would be a good way to involve young people directly in their own local communities and could be done now in time for the Local Elections due in 2019. Why not just do it. Trust young people and I believe they will return it in spades.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey

Housing Solutions

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The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

 

 

Dear Editor,

Within the next few weeks, work will start on building nineteen new social homes in the middle of the estate I live in in Donnybrook. This will be in addition to the nine affordable homes and the six additional social housing units that we found space for in this small estate over the last few years. Twenty eight of these will have been developed by Voluntary Housing Bodies and six by the City Council. All built on what you might call “left over” or Council lands. If this can be done in the heart of Dublin 4 it can be done anywhere.

By my reckoning there are approximately 200 villages or parishes across the Dublin area. If each of these were faciliated to deliver a similar number through local housing initaitives assisted by and not hindered by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government we could deliver approximately 6,800 new homes quickly and through the Credit Unions, could be financed locally and off the National Balance sheets.

So come on Minister Murphy look outwards and not into a Department singularly incapable of doing the job. Let the Local Authorities provide the planners, the architects, the quantity surveyors etc. Local Communities can provide the local expertise and indeed the future tenants. We need all kinds of new solutions. Here is one contribution and in our case – we have delivered.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey