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Former Lord Mayor Blasts "Anti-Dublin Nonsense"


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Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Dermot Lacey says the issues facing Dubliners don't get the same attention as those facing people in rural areas.

It follows an interview on the Late Late show with Pat Spillane, formerly the government's Ambassador for the Action Plan for Rural Ireland.

He claimed the government was putting the capital ahead of the rest of the country, saying "we have created a monster in Dublin".

Councillor Lacey , who represents the Pembroke South Dock area, says he's fed up with hearing commentators having a go at Dubliners.

"Pat Spillane is right to champion rural Ireland, and I don't begrudge him that at all -- I believe we need a champion for Dublin and I think the issues facing Dublin often are not covered in the broader media," Councillor Lacey said.

"In my own electoral area four post offices have closed in the last couple of years. I haven't seen that being reported anywhere. I haven't seen reporting of the very significant transfers of local property taxes from Dublin to rural Ireland. I haven't seen the fact that too many national organisations not representative of Dublin have [a] remit over Dublin issues."

"It's time for Dublin to fight back. I'm in favour of a balanced regional approach to Ireland, I favour the development of rural Ireland , but I also favour the advancement and protection of Dublin. Sometimes I think 'is anybody saying that?'," he said.

Councillor Lacey said both rural and urban citizens would be better served by more devolution of power to local government.

"We live in the most centralised country in Europe with power held at national level, and I could accept that if the national had shown the capacity to deliver. That's why we need stronger local government," he said.


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