Sunday 19 November 2017

Keegan lands €190,000 city manager job

Cautious: Owen Keegan
Cautious: Owen Keegan

Grainne Cunningham

THE capital city is to get a new manager, with the appointment of Owen Keegan, who will leave his current position as manager of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to take up the post.

Mr Keegan, who previously held the position of assistant Dublin city manager, will see his salary rise from€153,260 to €189,301.

With a reputation for making tough decisions and a ruthless eye for the bottom line, Mr Keegan has often faced controversy over his guidance of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) since his appointment in 2005.

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But last night, as rumours of his appointment were confirmed, even councillors who had done battle with him on local issues were fulsome in their praise of the man who first came to the public's attention as director of traffic at Dublin City Council.

Labour councillor Jane Dillon Byrne described him as a "far-seeing manager" who spent his development budget wisely.

In particular, she praised his commitment to the local theatre and his decision to close over DART tracks to create a seating area for cafes on Dun Laoghaire seafront

Referring to Dublin City Council, she said: "Their gain will be our loss."

Independent councillor Victor Boyhan said Mr Keegan was an "exceptional public servant" who was very focused and worked very hard. He said he could not think of a better qualified candidate for the role of Dublin city manager.

Mr Keegan was appointed as manager of DLR county council in 2005, having worked as assistant city manager with Dublin City Council for four years. As director of traffic, he was responsible for introducing clamping in 1998.

Previously, he spent a decade working as an economic forecaster for Davy Kelleher and McCarthy and began his career with the Departments of Environment and Finance.

Irish Independent

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