Monday 22 January 2018

Verdict on 'ethics supreme court'

Madam -- Dr Elaine Byrne regularly puts herself forward and is regularly put forward as some sort of ethical supreme court. In the Sunday Independent last week her claim that local councils comprising a majority of Labour and Fine Gael councillors are somewhat under government control is blatant nonsense. In my nearly 20 years as a city councillor, I have never once been directed by the national party as to how to vote. Similarly she claims that decisions such as those not to properly enforce building regulations were made by councillors. Again, blatant nonsense. We would have no such power to do so.

I want such powers so that I can direct public policy at a local level in the best interests of the public and the needs of our society. Ill-informed commentators, masquerading as experts, set back such a cause and in doing so set back the interests of those who do wish to build an inclusive, transparent, accountable and democratic system of governance.

Councillor Dermot Lacey

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