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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 of his Brief “Breathtaking”

Environment Minister Dick Roche is guilty of “extraordinary ignorance of his brief and arrogance in his attitude” in attacking local authority rates increases, Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey has said. He was referring to comments made by the Minister in The Sunday Times yesterday.


“Perhaps he hasn’t recovered from an over indulgence in the Christmas spirit, but before Minister Roche engages in another dose of preaching he might get his facts right!” said the former Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Cllr Lacey added: ”Minister Roche implied there had been an increased Government allocation to local authorities when in real terms the opposite is the case”.

According to Cllr 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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