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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 Constituency Council, January 2013

City Budget 2013

I am delighted to report that we secured agreement on a balanced and progressive Budget for the City at our Estimates meeting just before Christmas for 2013. In addition to continuing the pattern of reducing the commercial rate we managed to provide for a number of initiatives across the City – in Dublin South East these included security doors for a number of inner city flat complexes, funding for improvements to Herbert Park and flood protection measures in Ballsbridge and Sandymount. I was particularly delighted and appreciative of the fact that for the first time in many years the entire Labour Group supported the Budget.

I am hoping that Dublin City Council will avail of the new Social Employment Scheme to reactivate a plan to create a linear park along the Dodder.

Property Tax:

In January the Council adopted this Labour Party motion in relation to the Property Tax:

“The Elected Members of Dublin City Council support a property tax if it is based on site valuation, with money being raised and spent locally so strengthening local democracy and government, with a facility for those who can’t pay to defer payment.  Such a tax would allow Dublin City to take advantage of its more efficient use of services and resources and the elected representatives of the people of Dublin call on the Government to respect their views.”

Housing Committee:

Significant progress has been made for the complete overhaul of the Crampton buildings complex. I continue to seek the assistance of Labour in Government to support the application by the Royal Hospital Voluntary Housing Association for a demolition and rebuild project for 25 units at Beech Hill Terrace. The alternative sadly is that we de tenant them and pay security costs way into the future. Such is the thinking of the State.  We have now agreed a Sale of Flats scheme and will be piloting two complexes one of which will be in Dublin South East. A new and more transparent Allocations Policy has been agreed. With Gerry Ashe I am working with a number of women who lived in the former Magdelen Homes with a view to securing independent living arrangements.

Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly:

As Cathaoirleach of the Regional Assembly I am participating in the affairs of the Assembly and made a presentation to the Finance and General Select Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly- the first Councillor from the Republic of Ireland to formally speak at the Assembly.

Local Government Reorganisation:

The 1991 Barrington report acknowledged that a process of devolution of functions from central to local government would take some years to complete.


That was 21 years ago. Yet in the “Putting People First” document the Department and the Minister are still procrastinating – in fact in the case of Dublin, they are proposing that any relevant reform would have to wait at least another seven years –  until 2019. For any Party serious about Political and Structural reform that cannot be deemed satisfactory. I have undertaken a lot of work to try and input into the process to ensure that the eventual legislation is better than the policy document.


During the month I attended VEC, CDYSB, Ringsend and Ballsbridge College meetings. I continued to work with the South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force. At the Area Committee the principal issues were revised opening arrangements for Herbert Park, responding to the increase in dog dirt, cleansing of the City generally. On Monday 28th January the full City Council will meet to determine the future of lands previously Zoned Z15. Later this week the first meeting of the new Naming Committee will be held to look at appropriate names for new infrastructure in the Dublin area – I will be a Labour member along with Mary Freehill and Sheila Howe.

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