Dermot Lacey

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Dermot Lacey
Dublin City Councillor
Assumed office
March 1993
Constituency Pembroke South Dock
Personal details
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party

Dermot Lacey is an Irish Labour Party politician. He is a member of Dublin City Council in Dublin, Ireland.

Political career[edit]

Lacey has been a member of Dublin City Council since 1993 - first representing the South East Inner City area and, since the 1999 local elections, the Pembroke area. He topped the poll in the 2004 local elections. He first joined the Labour Party in 1977 and has served as a Branch Officer and Constituency Officer for much of that time.

He was a member of the National Youth Committee of Labour Youth and employed as the National Youth Development Officer for a period of ten years. He was Dublin South-East Director of Elections for various referendums and for Ruairi Quinn's Dáil campaign in the 2002 general election.

On the City Council, 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 also served as Cathaoirleach of the Dublin Regional Authority.

From July 2002 until July 2003, he served as Lord Mayor of Dublin. In the most controversial period of his officeholding, he cast the deciding vote at City Council to pass the 2003 budget, which included increases to domestic waste charges. This came after several meetings had failed to pass any budget, and the Minister for the Environment & Local Government had threatened to disband the City Council. After the vote, Lacey was expelled from the Labour Party Group on Dublin City Council, and spent the remainder of his term until the 2004 Local Elections as an Independent Councillor. However, he remained a member of the Labour Party, and, when his term as Lord Mayor expired, returned to his previous job as a member of Labour Party staff.

He contested the 2004 Local Elections as a Labour Party candidate in the Pembroke area, topping the poll on the first count, and rejoined the Labour Party Group on the City Council at its first meeting following that election. He was re-elected along with two other Labour Councillors for the Pembroke Rathmines ward in 2009.

In 2011 he published "A Fair City - One Dublin Many Dubliners" which outlined a governance model for Dublin.

In April 2012 he was elected Leader of the Labour Group on Dublin City Council and in September he was elected Cathaoirleach of the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly.

Background and other interests[edit]

Lacey has been for many years an active youth worker particularly within the Scout Movement. He was Vice president of the National Youth Council of Ireland for four years. He is a member of the City of Dublin Youth Service Board and has been twice appointed to the Board of FÁS representing "Youth Interests". He was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin for the period July 2002 to July 2003, and since its inception, has been a member of the Dublin City Development Board. At local level, Lacey 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 and is a member of Clan na Gael Fontenoys GAA Club.

He contributes regularly to the "Villagers" section of the Village Magazine. He is also a regular contributor on the internet discussion board where he uses the username "cllr". He lives with his wife Jill and two children in Donnybrook, Dublin.[1]

Scouting career[edit]

He was a member of the National Executive Board of Scouting Ireland (CSI) and was a key figure in the formation of Scouting Ireland. He was the Chairperson of 3rd/40th/41st Dublin, Donnybrook Scout Group, whose Venture Scouts were the winners of the Youth for Development Prize 2005 for their work in Peru. In 2006 he retired as Chairperson and is now the President of the Group, a non-executive position. He is the County Chairman of Dodder Scout County in the Dublin Scout Province. He has often been a critic of the development of Scouting Ireland since its inception on January 1, 2004, stating that it has moved away from the goals of the creation of a single Scouting Movement in Ireland. He received the Order of the Silver Wolfhound under Scouting Ireland, thus making him an Honorary Member of the Order of CúChulainn.


  1. ^ Candidates Pembroke Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. on

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael Mulcahy
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Royston Brady