Councillor Dermot Lacey

the irish times

Post Archive


  • Letter to the Editor: National Anthems and All That

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times       Dear Editor,   Brian O’Connor’s article on playing the National anthem reminds me of the Dublin City Council Executive who, many years ago, objected to my motion that we should fly the Dublin colours  whenever Dublin reached at least the provincial finals, that “ it…

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  • Letter to the Editor: Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times.     Dear Editor,   Your editorial (22nd August) suggests that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government would be better off concentrating on density rather than height issues. I disagree. The best thing that Department could do would be to stop interfering. It has done far…

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  • Letter to the Editor: Data Protection & Housing

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times.   Dear Editor,   Bon Frewen  (letters 17th August) rightly questions the role of the Data Protection Commissioner. The same Commissioner has recently blocked Councillors from exercising our supervisory role (not an allocation role) in relation to Housing in Dublin City Council. This does not serve citizens well.…

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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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  • Coverage of Elections (Letter to the Editor)

    Published in The Irish Times 14th May 2009 Madam, – As we begin the final stages of the local and European elections campaign it might be worthwhile reflecting on how politics and these elections are covered in the media. Unfortunately, political integrity and commitment are often presented as if they only occur at the extremes.…

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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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  • Dunne’s Plan for Ballsbridge (Letter to the Editor)

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times. (Published 12th February 2009) Dear Editor, I have been reluctant to respond to the naïve, cheap and silly letters regarding the rejection by An Bord Pleanala of the proposals for the Jury’s/Berkeley Court sites. The number of references to “well heeled residents” and “leafy suburbs” became boring after…

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  • Cutbacks in Public Transport (Letter to the Editor)

    The Editor, Letters Page, The Irish Times. Dear Editor, Green Party T.D., Ciaran Cuffe, (Irish Times Opinion 22nd January) wrote about the need for Dublin Bus reform at the same time as the Government he supports is rowing back on the need for a relevant and focused Dublin Transport Authority. Last year, the Minister for…

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  • Sinn Féin & Lisbon – Letter to the Editor

    The Editor, The Irish Times (Published 22nd December 2008) Madam, – In recent days we have been constantly lectured by Sinn Féin that, in relation to the Lisbon Treaty, the people have spoken and the outcome of that one previous referendum must be respected. It is a pity that those same paragons of democracy could…

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  • Public Service Reform – Letter to the Editor

    Published Friday 28th November 2008 The Editor, The Irish Times. Dear Editor, In the course of his speech launching the so called Public Sector Reform Programme the Taoiseach said  “We believe that the local government system is ideally placed to take a lead role in driving integration at local level.  Local councils can also play…

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