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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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Report to Labour Party Dublin South East Constituency Council

Report to Dublin South East Constituency Council – January 2012

City Council Budget 2012:

Following a period of intensive negotiation the City Council adopted a balanced Budget for the coming year at the Estimates meeting in November. This was passed by a significant majority and represented a considerable achievement by the Labour Group in both financial and political terms.

Local Government Funding:

Given the current comment on the new Household Charge and other Local Government related charges it is worth while setting out some of the relevant facts for members:

Since the opportunistic abolition of Domestic Rates, Local Government has been inadequately resourced and funded. None of the somewhat controversial alternatives introduced over the years have compensated for that decision. None of the current ones deal with them either.

According to official figures had Domestic Rates remained at comparable levels to those applying in 1977, Dublin City Council, last year would have collected E230million from that source alone. Instead, in lieu of that sum, the Council received approximately E50 million, through the Local Government Fund -a shortfall of E180million for 2011 alone.

Following a previous Government decision not to pay Commercial Rates on public properties, Dublin City Council is down a further E30million again for that year alone. The Council still has to provide services for those properties. These figures can be multiplied going nearly all the way back to the late 1970’s. Benchmarking, on which Local Government had absolutely no input in determining, will have cost the Council at least a further E76million.

If every household that should pay the Household Charge pays, the total income to the entire State would be approximately E160million – not even enough to make up the shortfall for Dublin. Of course contrary to media reports the Household charge does not necessarily go to the local Council – it goes into a national fund for redistribution.

The NPPR or second home tax raised about E11million for Dublin City. That would not even dent the sum lost from the Rates decision. The Fire Brigade call out income will add a further half a million at most.

Dublin Cycling Officer:

Along with most Councillors I opposed the plan to dispense with this position and we have now secured a six month stay of execution to identify ways to retain it.

Waste Collection Service:

As and from today, 16th January, all domestic refuse collection will be carried out by private operators. Councillors voted against this but the powers on all waste matters now rests with the Management. There are a number of outstanding matters –particularly relating to the requirement for payment in advance that Councillors are still trying to resolve.

Meetings:

During the last month I attended regular meetings of the VEC and its sub-committees. I also attended and participated in Board meetings of the Rathmines–Pembroke Partnership and the Commissioners of Irish Lights, meetings of the Association of City and County Councils,  the Herbert Park Users Forum and the Lansdowne Stadium Project Monitoring Committee.

I also organised the “Report Back” meeting for residents affected by the Floods in Ballsbridge and Sandymount and attended a similar one organised in Rathgar.  I also arranged a meeting with the Planners for the Nutley Residents Association to deal with a number of local issues.

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