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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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Prime Time: Scouting Ireland investigation

Dermot appeared on Prime Time this week discussing the current investigations at Scouting Ireland.  See the clip on RTE Player here.

Newstalk: Busking fines

Dermot was featured in a story on Newstalk today regarding fines for nuisance unlicensed buskers.

A Dublin councillor has hailed new bye-laws governing busking in the city as a success.

Figures from Dublin City Council show nine street performers were fined a total of €600 last year.

The laws require street performers to apply for permits with restrictions on noise and repetitiveness.

Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey said the relatively low number of fines suggests the new rules are working.

See the full story here: http://www.newstalk.com/Nine-performers-fined-since-Dublin-busking-rules-were-brought-in

Council Matters: Dublin City FM

I wason Dublin City FM’s Council Matters show on March 14th.  You can listen to the entire show here:

Eoghan Murphy removes another planning right from local Councillors.

Statement by Cllr Dermot Lacey

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Eoghan Murphy removes another planning right from local Councillors.

Chair of the Labour Councillors group, Dermot Lacey of Dublin City Council has criticised the withdrawal by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy, of long established planning rights from Councillors at their municipal district and local area meetings.

Cllr Lacey said:

“This is the first week that the directive issued by Minister Eoghan Murphy comes into effect, telling Councillors that we can no longer discuss major planning applications at municipal district or area committee meetings or other meetings of City and County Councils. The directive was issued at his request.

“It is bizarre and hypocritical that the letter would advise us that it has come to his attention now, seeing that as a previous Councillor in the South East area he would have been aware of this long established practice.

“This represents a grievous attack on local government and on the rights of communities to have planning issues aired in public and their concerns represented in a democratic forum. This has been a long standing right going back over many years and is the further destruction of local democracy and the right of the people’s representatives to voice their concerns to planning officials.

“Up to now, Councillors could request that a presentation on a live planning application be given to local Councillors at an area meeting. At those presentations a planning official would go through the application outlining the proposed development and the planning officials could also hear the comments of Councillors on the application. According to the directive, this must now cease.

“It represents the second withdrawal of planning rights from Councillors and local government during the term of this Government following the movement of planning applications for so called strategic developments of 100 or more housing units to An Bord Pleanala.

“It is clear that this is an attempt to circumvent local democracy and ensure that developers have even more of a say in our planning process.

“What this type of behaviour shows is that Fine Gael cannot be trusted when it comes to Local Government matters.”

ENDS

A copy of the directive can be found here:

https://www.labour.ie/download/pdf/discussion_of_planning_applications_at_council_meetings.pdf

Prime Time: Storm Emma

I was on RTÉ Prime Time on March 1st discussing Storm Emma.  You can see the show here: https://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/prime-time-30003251/10846164/ (from about 10mins in and regularly throughout the programme).