Calls for city chief Keegan to resign over 'out of line' comments
Owen Keegan was last night facing down calls for his resignation over correspondence regarding the controversial Poolbeg incinerator.
Independent Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn has demanded an immediate apology and said that Mr Keegan should resign or at least “seriously consider” his position following the revelations by the Herald.
“There have been campaigns against this for years – to see it going ahead is completely undemocratic,” he said.
“Mr Keegan’s comments in this are completely out of line. He needs to apologise.
“I will personally be putting in a motion calling for his removal,” Mr Flynn said.
People Before Profit councillor Tina MacVeigh said Mr Keegan “absolutely needs to consider his position”.
“This whole process has been anti-democratic. Mr Keegan knew the will of the council and the people we represent, and he still ignored it.
“We didn’t even learn the agreement had been signed for the project to go ahead until we read it in the media.
“It brings into question the power local government really has,” she said.
Last night a DCC spokesperson said Mr Keegan will not be considering his position.
Dublin city Fine Gael councillor Paddy McCartan branded correspondence made by Mr Keegan as being “disingenuous” following a council vote last year against the Poolbeg incinerator.
Mr McCartan has called on Mr Keegan to “apologise or retract” his comments made in a letter to the US company behind the multi-million euro project.
The plant will see 600,000 tonnes of rubbish burned every year in a public-private partnership with Covanta.
Mr McCartan said to suggest that members of the council were engaging in a political scheme knowing that they could not stop the project was “dishonest”.
“I would see the contents in this document to be self-serving and disingenuous,” he told the Herald, “and I call for an immediate retraction.
“It is outrageous to suggest that party affiliation of political alliances have anything to do with this objection. We have been campaigning for up to 15 years to stop this,” he added.
His party colleague Ruairi McGinley, who was one of only two DCC members to vote in favour of the project, said he also drew objection to a comment by Mr Keegan which said that the “anti-government” or independent factions of the council were responsible for the lack of political support.
“I agreed that a lot of people have jumped on the political bandwagon here and have been seen to side with protesters, giving them false hope knowing that they have no power to stop the project,” he said.
“But to suggest the make-up of the council has anything to do with the outcome of a vote is a very grey area indeed. It was a totally democratic process.”