Cllr Dermot Lacey

Cllr Dermot Lacey is the Labour Party representative for the Pembroke Ward on Dublin City Council.

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, Rathmines and Ranelagh area. He has been Leader of the Labour Group on the Council since 2012.

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, they City of Dublin Education and Training Board and the Boards of Ballsbridge and Rathmines College. He is Chairperson of both Ringsend College and Liberties College. He has been twice appointed to the Board of FÁS representing “Youth Interests”. In 202, he was appointed to serve for a second term on the Governing Authority of University College Dublin.

On the City Council Dermot Lacey is Chairperson of the South East Area Committee and since September 2021, Chairperson pf the Key Housing Strategy Policy Committee. He has served as Chairperson of the Enterprise and Employment Committee, the Finance Committee, the Protocal 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 has been a member of the Dublin City Development Boards, the Board of Dublin Town -  the business Improvement districts scheme and in its initial period the Dublin Docklands Development Council where he pioneered the 20% Social and Affordable Housing requirement.

At local level Dermot is Chairperson of “Community Services - Sandymount, Irishtown, Ringsend” and the Donnybrook Community Employment scheme which employs key community staff across the wider Dublin 4 area. He was founder of the popular News 4 community newspaper in 1986 and the equally popular Sean Moore Community Awards first presented in 1988. He is on the Board of the Donnybrook Community Playgroup and the Royal Hospital Donnybrook Voluntary Housing Association. He served for eight years as Chairperson of the South Inner City Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force. He has a long record of activity with and for local community and residents groups.

He has published " A Fair City - one Dublin Many Dubliners" a blueprint for a better local government systems for Dublin and proposals for the reform of the Local Property Tax. In 2017 he published "All the Red Ties" a history of Donnybrook Scout Group to celebrate their 90th anniversary.

Dermot 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.


Mike Fitzgerald of Near FM radio programme  Northside2Day  discusses Cllr Dermot Lacey’s  view for a new Dublin in – One Dublin, Many Dubliners.

Listen to the interview here

Cllr Dermot Lacey

Ireland - Dublin : Dublin Bay South : Pembroke
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66 Beech Hill Drive
Dublin 4

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