Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan
Student unions and opposition politicians have called for Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan to resign over comments he made about the shortage of student housing https://t.co/0k4IbLAaIc
— The University Times (@universitytimes) October 13, 2021
Further to Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan’s suggestion to UCD Students’ Union President Ruarí Power that his union become property developers to ease and profit from the housing crisis…
….a protest took place outside Mr Keegan’s office.
Via University Times:
UCDSU President Ruarí Power told the crowd:
“To prioritise the profit margins of private purpose-built student accommodation providers over the public good is a shameful act which will push young people into precarious living circumstances over the coming months”
Power told the crowd today: “We’re not here primarily about a few sarcastic remarks … the big problem here is the underlying attitude that students are an economic good. They’re there to be absolutely fleeced, left, right and centre.”
The council’s housing committee agreed to hold special meeting to discuss his remarks. The Sinn Féin group of councillors has called on him to resign while almost all councillors called on him to withdraw his remarks.
Mr Keegan’s statement has also been criticised by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and other ministers.
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