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Students Call For Resignation Of Dublin City Council Chief

Aoibhin Meghen
Aoibhin Meghen

03:11 13 Oct 2021

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UCD Students' Union has said it doesn't want an apology from Owen Keegan, it wants rid of him.

It's after the CEO of Dublin City Council suggested in a letter that students should build their own apartments if they believed massive profits were being made.

Students protested outside the Authority's City Centre offices, calling for a ban on student housing being used for short-term tourist lets.

SU President Ruairi Power says the support they've received has been welcome, but says Keegan needs to resign;

"Throughout his tenure there's been an exacerbation of the housing and homelessness crisis.

"He doesn't understand the need for keeping housing provision in public ownership, there's been a massive focus on the private market, so that's something we would like to see a shift away from and we don't have confidence in him."

The Tánaiste has said he thought the controversial letter from Keegan to UCD SU was a Waterford Whispers article.

In the letter, the Dublin City Council Chief also said it wasn't the Authorities fault the SU didn't know how planning applications work.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has joined Taoiseach Micheál Martin in saying the letter should be withdrawn:

"He shouldn't have written that letter quite frankly.

"I don't want to slag him off because he's a capable manager and he's done some very good things, but 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.

"I thought it was kind of insulting actually."

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