Lacey elected first Labour Cathaoirleach of Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly

08 July 2016

Lacey elected first labour cathaoirleach of eastern and midlands regional assembly

At the Annual General Meeting of the  Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly on Friday 8th July former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey was elected as the first ever Labour Party Cathaoirleach of the Regional Assembly.

The Assembly established under the Local Government Act comprises representatives from the four Dublin Local Authorities, Wicklow, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, Offaly Kildare, Laois and Longford covering a population of 2.21 million.

Councillor Lacey was unanimously elected by Councillors from all the main Political Parties and Independents.

Speaking after his election, Councillor Lacey said he hopes to bring the work of the Assembly to a wider audience, implement the agreed Plan towards better regional co-ordination and lobby for real reform of the antiquated Local Government system. He added that he was particularly pleased that he had received the support of the full Assembly.

Labour Councillor Lettie Mc Carthy of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council was elected Leas Cathaoileach.

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