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Dingle name ratified in Council

At the meeting of Kerry County Council on Monday, members ratified the
result of the plebiscite that re-altered the name of An Daingean to
Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis.
In October, 93% of the townspeople voted to adopt the bi-lingual name
which had been changed to An Daingean by the Minister for Gaeltacht
Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuiv under the Placenames Act.
In the Chamber, Mayor Ted Fitzgerald agreed to suspend standing orders
to allow John Kennedy of Todchchaí na Gaeltachta to express the groups'
concerns at the proposed change on a proposal of Cllr. Breandán
John Kennedy said there were two difficulties in an issue that had
caused divisions in Corca Dhuibhne. The Attorney General had said that
the name change would not be permitted in law and that changing it
could result in the town losing its status as a Gaeltacht. The Irish
language is the oldest literate culture in Europe, he added. "We feel
threatened by the action that the Council proposes taking," he
explained. If more time was granted, the two sides could get together
and discuss a solution.
Cllr. MacGearailt proposed a delay of a month before sending the report
to the Minister of the Environment.
Cllr. Michael Gleeson suggested that a mediator be appointed but Cllr.
Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald said that the Council had debated the matter
four times and the people had spoken. He proposed that the resolution
be forwarded.
Cllr. Michael Healy-Rae said that the Council would become the laughing
stock of the country if it did not abide with the expressed wishes of
the people. To delay would constitute a political fudge.
Cllr. Ned O'Sullivan proposed forwarding the report but also putting an
embargo of January 1 on it in the hope that a solution could be found
in the interim. Todchchaí were coming 'very late to the fair' at this
point, he said.
Cllr. John O'Connor said that the Council had been addressed by John
Kennedy and that Kate O'Connor should be allowed to speak to represent
the other side. This she did when invited by the Mayor, reiterating
that the people had spoken and that the divisions would be healed.
The members voted by 15 votes to 10 to apply to the Government to
change the name to Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis. "If anyone wants to change
a name again, he had better go to some other county," an exasperated
Mayor, Ted Fitzgerald concluded.

Cás fíor casta-a complex situation-is how Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Eamonn Ó'Cúiv described the Dingle/An Daingean name debacle at the Dingle Skellig Hotel the previous Friday night.

It was Minister Ó'Cúiv's first trip to the town since the Kerry County Council plebiscite which saw 93% of the towns electors vote in favour of a bilingual name, Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis, rather than the name of the town under the Placenames Order of the Official Languages Act, An Daingean.

Accompanied by Fianna Fáil South Kerry TD, Minister for Tourism John O'Donoghue, Minister O'Cúiv said that he would support the decision of the Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche if and when the result of the plebiscite, held under the Local Government Act, was passed on to Government by the Council.

"Kerry County Council have a process" said Minister Ó'Cúiv.

"I didn't start it, I didn't ask for it."

When asked whether or not he supported the Placenames Order Minister O'Donoghue didn't give any clear indication.

He did say however that he would support Minister Ó'Cúiv in dealing with the matter and said that there would expect further debate on the issue.

Road improvements, the concerns of the people of An Ghaeltacht and developments in the area were also discussed by the Ministers.
Marian O'Flaherty

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