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Most councillors are not vultures

Madam -- Michael O'Meara (Letters, Sunday Independent, June 3, 2012) seems to think it is acceptable to refer to me and my fellow councillors across the country as "vultures". I don't.

As someone who has been re-elected to Dublin City Council in 1999, 2004 and 2009, I believe that I work hard for and with the community I represent.

I have no problem with councillors being challenged and fairly criticised -- we get things wrong. However, we also get an awful lot of things right.

In assessing our income and expenditure, some understanding should be applied to the relative populations we have to service.

There is a population of more than 100,000 in my electoral area. Some of the costs that I meet include: printing; distribution; home office and phone; donations to local organisations -- there are, for example, at least 10 community festival committees -- not to mention senior citizens' parties etc; postage; office equipment; advertising and sponsorship; travel within my electoral area; website maintenance; and election costs.

I hope that I also play an active and constructive role in my own community and Dublin generally. At the last count this amounted to over 22 bodies in which I am active in a totally unpaid capacity.

Yes, we need local government reform, and yes, I want to play a part in that. However, in the meantime the vast majority of councillors deserve better than the cheap jibe your "Letter of the Week winner" wrote last Sunday.

Councillor Dermot Lacey,

Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Sunday Independent