Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan admits 'element of sarcasm' in his comment about student accommodation as he says sorry – Independent.ie

DUBLIN City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has apologised to the Lord Mayor and councillors for his comment about student accommodation, admitting there was an “element of sarcasm” in a controversial letter to the president of UCD Students Union.

r Keegan said he would not resign but said that if members of the council considered his resignation was warranted it was open to them to initiate the process for removing him as CEO of the local authority.

In a letter to UCD Students’ Union about purpose-built student accommodation Mr Keegan suggested to union president Ruairí Power that the union should become developers to provide “lower cost student accommodation for its members”.

In his letter to councillors on Wednesday, Mr Keegan wrote: “I accept there was also an element of sarcasm. I did not consider that the reliance on sarcasm was necessarily appropriate in the context of an exchange of

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