Councillor Dermot Lacey

Why Did I Get Involved In Politics?

Growing up in a deeply political household, where community engagement was valued, my involvement in politics felt like a natural progression in life.

My Priorities

Supporting the community, facilitating housing provision, reforming local government, public service broadcasting and advocating for the voluntary youth sector

My Background

I grew up in Donnybrook where I still reside today, I have always been actively engaged in local community activities, particularly through my involvement with the Donnybrook Scout Group. In 1993, I was appointed to Dublin City Council to fill the vacancy left by Ruairi Quinn’s appointment as Minister for Enterprise and Employment.

Since then, I have been successfully re-elected in every local election from 1999 to 2019, representing various parts of Dublin Bay South as constituency boundaries changed over time. During my tenure on the Council, I have held numerous leadership positions, including Chairperson roles for committees such as Employment, Finance, Arts and Sports, Housing, Protocol, and serving as Lord Mayor of Dublin. Additionally, I’ve chaired the South East Area Committee and was elected Leader of the Labour Group in 2011.

Beyond the City Council, I have also served as Cathaoirleach of the Dublin Regional Authority, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, and the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly, making me the only individual to chair all three.

Furthermore, I have been a pioneer in promoting the concept of 20% Social and Affordable Housing, notably through the Dublin Docklands Development MasterPlan. I have also played a significant role in establishing a housing cooperative in my local area and currently serve as a Board member of an Approved Housing Body. Additionally, I dedicated ten years to chairing the South Dublin/Wicklow Branch of the Irish Foster Care Association.

Clubs and Committees

At present, I hold the position of Chair for both the South East Area Committee and the Housing Strategic Policy Committee on Dublin City Council. Additionally, I serve as a Board member for organisations such as Donnybrook Community Employment, Sandymount Community Services, and Donnybrook Community Playschool, among others, contributing to various local, community, and city-wide initiatives.

Furthermore, I am actively involved as a Board member for Scouting Ireland, the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, and the Royal Hospital Donnybrook Board. Additionally, I have authored two publications: “A Fair City – One Dublin, Many Dubliners,” which offers a roadmap for enhancing local government in Dublin, and “All the Red Ties,” a historical account of the Donnybrook Scout Group.