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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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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).  

Letter to the Editor: Immigration

The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times, Dear Editor, Aine Ni Chonaill of Immigration Control ( letters 20th February) wrote when did any Political Party ask if the current and anticipated level of immigration was what the Irish People wanted. Well, in 1997, a certain Aine Ni Chonaill of Immigration Control contested the General Election and received 0.8% of the vote with her opponents receiving the balance of 99.2%. Five years later, standing in a different constituency, she received 926 votes while her opponents won 43,090. They question was indeed asked ….and answered. Yours sincerely, Councillor Dermot Lacey

Letter to the Editor: Irish Women Political Leaders

The Editor, Letters Page The Irish Times Dear Editor, There has been some commentary recently about Mary Lou McDonald becoming only the third Female Leader of an Irish Political Party. While not taking from her noteworthy success it would appear that in the process a large number of important Irish Women Political Leaders have been disregarded. So let us not forget: Margaret Buckley, Sinn Fein, 1937- 1950, Anne Dickson, Unionist Party of Northern Ireland 1976-181, Marion Donnelly, Workers Party 1992-1994, Mary Harney, Progressive Democrats 1993 – 2006 (and 2007-2008), Nora Bennis of the Family Solidarity and National Party 1994 and 1995 respectively, Monica Williams and Pearl Sagar, Women’s Coalition, Northern Ireland 1996, Joan Burton, Labour Party 2014-2016, Lucinda Creighton, Renua 2015-2016 who have all served as Leaders of Irish political Parties. Today in the Dail, the Social Democrats are led by Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall and in Northern Ireland the DUP and Alliance Parties are led by Arlene Foster and Naoimi Long respectively. Too strong a body of women in my view to be forgotten. Yours sincerely, Councillor Dermot Lacey