Councillor Dermot Lacey

local government reform

Post Archive


  • Martin McEvoy Conference on Mayoral Governance in Dublin

    I recently participated in the Martin McEvoy Conference on Mayoral Governance in Dublin at DCU.  You can see my contribution here: If you’d like to hear more from the conference, you can see all the contributions on the NorDubCo YouTube channel.

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  • Letter to the Editor – Decentralisation & Devolution

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times,   Dear Editor,   Tomas M Creamer ( letters 19th March) refers critically to the presence of the Head Quarters of the Civil Service and our decision making Institutions in Dublin. I agree – it is why I enthusiastically support Decentralisation. Devolution being another necessity as well. When…

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  • Report to September Labour Party Constituency Council

    City Council: Following the Summer break the City Council resumed meetings on the 5th September. Among the issues dealt with on the night were: The provision of Public toilet facilities, planning permission for the new National Children’s Hospital and waste collection service. Housing, Social and Community affairs Strategic Policy Committee: The City Council has now…

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  • Opinion Article – The Irish Times

    Today’s (Monday’s) Irish Times carries an opinion piece I wrote on the need for local government reform in Dublin. You can read it below and on the Irish Times website. Ending the Department of the Environment’s stranglehold over local government is the key to effective reform, writes DERMOT LACEY FOR IRELAND’S sake, Dublin needs to…

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  • One Week to Go!

    Well, only a week to go and it’s all over – the Local Election campaign that is and what a campaign it has been. With a huge focus on the National economic crisis, Local Government matters have not really had a look in. Nevertheless I have tried to raise matters such as changes to a…

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  • Proposed Mayoral Salary Disgracefully High

    Press Release Cllr Dermot Lacey, Labour Party City Councillor for Pembroke-Rathmines and former Lord Mayor of Dublin, has branded Minister John Gormley’s proposals to set the salary of the new Mayor of Dublin at the same level as that of a cabinet minister as disgraceful. He has also reiterated his challenge to Bertie Ahern to…

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  • Former Taoiseach challenged to debate on the role of a directly elected Mayor of Dublin

    “Now that the Minister for the Environment and Local Government has finally announced his decision on a directly elected Mayor can I first of all welcome this as a step forward. I have campaigned for this for over six years now. It of course follows the recent statement of support for a directly elected ‘Lord…

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  • Rathgar Public Meeting

    There was a well attended and well run Public meeting held last night ( 21st April) hosted by the Rathgar Residents Association. The formal was simple all those on the Panel had two minutes to introduce ourselves and there then followed a Question and Answer session. All three Labour Councillors attended as did most of…

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  • Dubliners & their City

    Speech delivered to Citizens and Governance Conference at Dublin Castle, 25th February 2009 I welcome this opportunity to debate with a lot of like minded citizens on the future of our City. I say like minded, not because we all share the same views on how the system works – or should work. Like minded…

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  • Dermot in the Media

    Dermot is quoted in today’s The Irish Times, responding to the ridiculous decision by Minister Gormley – against his own local government policy – to remove zoning powers from City and County Councillors. NEW PLANNING legislation which will limit the power of county and city councillors to rezone land is to be introduced by Minister…

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