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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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Dunne’s Plan for Ballsbridge (Letter to the Editor)

The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times. (Published 12th February 2009)

Dear Editor,

I have been reluctant to respond to the naïve, cheap and silly letters regarding the rejection by An Bord Pleanala of the proposals for the Jury’s/Berkeley Court sites.
The number of references to “well heeled residents” and “leafy suburbs” became boring after a while.

However the comments from Charles Mooney (letters 9th February) went beyond those petty remarks. As the only City Councillor elected for the area and still on the Council I made no “triumphant comments” regarding the decision. I welcomed it as the right planning decision and immediately confirmed my willingness, indeed my commitment, to sitting down and working with all the various interests to see if progress could be made.

An Bord Pleanala refused permission because the application was inconsistent with the City Development Plan. That is the point I and others have repeatedly made over the last few years. If change is needed to that plan it can be done through the normal democratic process. Many of my neighbours and constituents work, or more accurately did work in the construction sector. To suggest complacency on my part about their livelihoods and their futures is unacceptable.

I want to see opportunities for development, employment and economic growth, increase in our City. A transparent, accountable agreed, Planning framework is essential to that. The decision by An Bord Pleanala helped give us such clarity and the people who voluntarily spent their time and money to achieve that for the benefit of the people of Dublin should be applauded and not demonized.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey

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