Saturday 7 December 2019

'Traffic Tsar' stuck in new jam

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

OWEN Keegan first came to the public's attention when he earned the nickname 'Traffic Tsar'.

It was his move to introduce clamping in Dublin City in 1998 as the director of traffic that swiftly turned the economist into a household name.

Before he took over at the helm of Dublin City Council, Keegan was at the helm of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council.

There he became the first council manager in Dublin to get rid of the public bin service, a move which provoked fury from workers. Yet in recent times, he has faced more criticism over Dun Laoghaire's seafront vista being destroyed by a 38-metre high, €40m library.

He was paid €153,260 as the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown manager, so when he took on his new job as Dublin's new city manager last year he earned a 23.5pc pay hike in the €190,000 post.

He immediately sparked outrage among motorists by suggesting that one lane of traffic in the city's north quays could be closed to allow extra room for cyclists.

Yet with all the difficult decisions he has overseen, it may be the €50m debacle over the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts that rumbles on.

Irish Independent

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