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Dingle's future still uncertain
The Kerry's Eye  (Dingle in the News)
Vote does not secure automatic reinstatement says Department

Despite the overwhelming response to Kerry County Council plebiscite, where over 90% of local ratepayers and registered electors revealed their desire for the names Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis to be reinstated, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs have indicated that many issues still exist regarding the future name of the town.
In a statement released by the Department on Monday, responding to calls on reinstate the name Dingle and Daingean Uí Chúis, a spokesperson stated that: "Minister Ó Cuív has, time and again, reiterated to Kerry Co. Council that as the democratically elected representatives of the people, if they come to him with a request that is legally possible, he will give it the most serious consideration."
"However, despite numerous invitations, no such request has yet been received, if and when such a request is received, the matter will then be considered."
Locals have also called for the reinstatement of the name Daingean Uí Chúis, which is considered to be the natural Irish place name for the town. The Department refute this claim, stating that; '"An Daingean' has been used since 1960."
"Daingean Uí Chúis is a poetic name, which possibly refers back to the people who built the original fort, it's a bit like Wicklow being called the Garden of Ireland, everyone knows where we are talking about, but the place name is still Wicklow."
Despite this, locals are still adamant that the town should be called Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis.
"The people of this town have worked long and hard to establish the area as a tourist destination and a globally recognisable brand name, the powers that be must recognise that fact" said Dingle restaurateur John Moriarty.
"It will be a travesty if no action is taken following the result of this vote."

Marian O'Flaherty

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