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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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Urban Land Institute Conference & City Council Chief Executive

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The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times.

Dear Editor,

I think I was the only City Councillor present to hear the Dublin City Council Chief Executive speak at the recent Urban Land Institute Conference. Perhaps that is why I have not been one of those to respond negatively.

I did not hear him propose “building on our Parks or rezoning “real green spaces or recreational areas”. I did hear him say there was a case for “revisiting” some of the green zoned lands that do not offer significant amenity value. I agree. I do so from experience.

This week in the very estate in which I live work started on nineteen new social homes. 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. These were on “green spaces” that had “no amenity value”. In fact two of the sites had been permanently locked since the estate was built over fifty years ago. It is also worth noting that twenty eight of these homes will have been developed by Voluntary Housing Bodies and six by the City Council. All on what might be called “left over” “Green” or Council lands.

If we are to resolve our Housing crisis we must be imaginative, innovative and open to new ideas. Yes of course we must protect local amenity and open spaces ..but we also must provide shelter and homes for those in need.

Incidentally the suggestion contained elsewhere in the media that the Chairperson of the Housing Agency was not challenged on his absurd claim at the same Conference “that there was no housing crisis” is wrong. He was…by me.
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Yours sincerely,

Councillor Dermot Lacey

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