Dermot has been a member of the City Council since 1993 – first representing the South Inner City ward and, since the Local Elections in 1999, the Pembroke ward.
He first joined the Labour party in 1977 and has served as a Branch Officer and Constituency Officer for much of that time. Formerly a member of the National Youth Committee of Labour Youth he was employed as the National Youth Development Officer for a period of ten years.
He was Dublin South East Director of Elections for various referenda and for Ruairi Quinn’s Dáil campaigns.
Dermot Lacey has been for many years an active Youth Worker particularly within the Scout Movement. He has been a member of the National Executive of Scouting Ireland and was vice-president of the National Youth Council of Ireland for four years.
He is presently a member of the City of Dublin Youth Service Board and has been twice appointed to the Board of FÁS representing “Youth Interests”.
On the City Council Dermot Lacey has been: Chairperson of the South East Area Committee, the Enterprise and Employment Committee and the Strategic Policy Committee on Arts, Culture Leisure and Youth.
He was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin for the period July 2002 – July 2003 and since its inception has been a member of the Dublin City Development Board.
At local level Dermot is Chairperson of “Community Services – Sandymount, Irishtown, Ringsend”. He was founder of the popular News 4 community newspaper. He is on the Board of the Donnybrook Community Playgroup, Chairperson of Donnybrook Scout Unit and is a member of Clanna Gael Fontenoys GAA Club.
He has a long record of activity with and for local community and residents groups.
Dermot Lacey has long described himself as a Social Democrat with a commitment to environmental protection. He is particularly concerned at the housing problem in Dublin, the advancement of Local Government reform and the provision of good community and youth facilities.
He lives at 66 Beech Hill Drive, Donnybrook, Dublin with his wife Jill and two children and can be contacted at 2694016 (home) 6784706 (office) and 087 2646960.