Sunday 9 December 2018

Dublin City Council chief executive declines invite to attend committee meeting on College Green plan

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. Photo: Mark Condren
Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. Photo: Mark Condren
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

AN Oireachtas committee has hit out at Dublin City Council chief executive, Owen Keegan, after he declined an invitation to attend a meeting about the rejected College Green plaza plan.

Mr Keegan was invited to today address the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport about An Bord Pleanala’s decision to reject the €10m plaza, over concerns about buses and traffic.

He wrote to the committee on Friday to say he would be unable to attend, offering instead to send two council officials .

However, he said these officials would not be able to answer questions on what the council’s response will be.  Mr Keegan also said the council would not be making an opening statement on the matter to the committee.

Chairman of the committee, Fergus O’Dowd, adjourned the meeting until Mr Keegan was available and said it wanted to put on record its views on the chief executive’s response.

“We view this response as disappointing and absolutely unacceptable,” he said.

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