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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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Roche’s Ignorance and Arrogance Breathtaking

Environment minister Dick Roche is guilty of “ignorance and arrogance” over his recent attack on local authority rates increases, Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey has said.

The Donnybrook Councillor said that it looked like Minister Roche had overdone it on the Christmas festivities.


“Perhaps it was an over indulgence in the Christmas spirit on his part, but before Minister Roche engages in another dose of preaching he might get his facts right!” said the former Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Councillor Lacey added: ”Minister Roche implied an increased Government allocation to local authorities of 8.2 per cent. In fact the increase to Dublin City Council was 5.11 per cent despite a provision in the Book of Estimates of 6 per cent.”

According to Councillor Lacey, Roche has made no provision for the costs of benchmarking that so far has cost Dublin City Council approximately €76 million.

He has made no provision for the loss of commercial rates on government properties that last year alone cost Dublin City Council approximately €25 million.

Above all he has made no provision for the nearly €100 million shortfall in the amounts due to the city under the agreement that full reimbursement to local authorities would be made following the abolition of domestic rates.

“In short Minister Roche and this Government has ripped off Dublin City Council to the tune of €200 million,” said Councillor Lacey. “So much for Minister Roche’s big increase.”

“Of course it is the same Minister Roche who has delayed the publication of the Indecon Report on the funding of Local Government. It would be really hard to get a worse Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government than his predecessor Martin Cullen but Minister Roche is surely getting there,” said Lacey.

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