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Owen Keegan Apologises For Sarcasm In Comments To UCD SU

Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has apologised for comments he made about the studen...
Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

5:17 PM - 13 Oct 2021



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Owen Keegan Apologises For Sarcasm In Comments To UCD SU

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

5:17 PM - 13 Oct 2021



Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has apologised for comments he made about the student accommodation crisis.

A letter from Mr. Keegan to UCD SU was posted online, where he suggested the Unions should build their own apartments if they believe it to be so profitable.

 

Chants like 'The Council Are An Awful Shower'  rang into the streets of Dublin earlier as angry students made it very clear how they feel about Owen Keegan’s comments.

He says he accepts that the use of sarcasm was inappropriate, and is happy to apologise for offence caused.

He says he isn't proposing he resigns over the matter.

And he finished the letter to elected members on Dublin City Council by saying "On a positive note this episode has highlighted the on-going crisis in student accommodation in Dublin", which he said needs addressing.

He also says he does not plan to resign.

It's after the CEO of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan suggested students should build their own apartments if they believed massive profits were being made.

That followed a letter sent from the Students Union which was raising concerns about student accommodation being changed temporarily to short-term lettings for tourists.

Earlier today, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he believed the comments from Owen Keegan was created by parody news website Waterford Whispers.



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