Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he believed a letter written by Owen Keegan to UCD Students Union was actually a parody by Waterford Whispers News.
Earlier this week it emerged that Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan told the Students Union to enter the property market if it believed there are excessive profits being made.
It was after the Students Union raised concerns about student accommodation being temporarily changed into short-term lets for tourists.
A protest will take place outside the offices of Dublin City Council this afternoon, organised by the Students Union, calling for Mr. Keegan to resign from his roles as Chief Executive.
It's time to make your voice heard 📢
We've all seen Owen Keegan's disgusting comments about the student accommodation crisis - do you think it's acceptable, to show such arrogance in a time of hardship for so many students?
Now's the chance to show students are united 🙌 pic.twitter.com/XsVPvjzMmZ
— UCD Students' Union (@UCDSU) October 12, 2021
"He shouldn't have written that letter, quite frankly," said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
"I don't want to slag him off, because he's a capable manager and he's done a lot of good things.
"When I saw that letter, I thought it was a Waterford Whispers, to be honest. I didn't really think he actually wrote that letter and signed it," continued the Tánaiste.
"I thought it was kind of insulting."