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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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Housing Solutions

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The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

 

 

Dear Editor,

Within the next few weeks, work will start on building nineteen new social homes in the middle of the estate I live in in Donnybrook. This will be in addition to the nine affordable homes and the six additional social housing units that we found space for in this small estate over the last few years. Twenty eight of these will have been developed by Voluntary Housing Bodies and six by the City Council. All built on what you might call “left over” or Council lands. If this can be done in the heart of Dublin 4 it can be done anywhere.

By my reckoning there are approximately 200 villages or parishes across the Dublin area. If each of these were faciliated to deliver a similar number through local housing initaitives assisted by and not hindered by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government we could deliver approximately 6,800 new homes quickly and through the Credit Unions, could be financed locally and off the National Balance sheets.

So come on Minister Murphy look outwards and not into a Department singularly incapable of doing the job. Let the Local Authorities provide the planners, the architects, the quantity surveyors etc. Local Communities can provide the local expertise and indeed the future tenants. We need all kinds of new solutions. Here is one contribution and in our case – we have delivered.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey

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