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Dingle sign ‘election gimmick’
The Kerryman  (Dingle in the News)
Mixed feelings in Dingle amid O’Donoghue’s move on roadsigns

MINISTER John O’Donoghue has directed Fáilte Ireland to erect a series of roadsigns to help visitors and tourists find their way to Dingle.
The new signs will bear the inscription ‘Dingle Peninsula - Corca Dhuibhne’ and will be brown in colour.
They will be erected at key locations around the county including Tralee, Killarney, Milltown, Castlemaine and Farranfore.
Minister O’Donoghue said he is very conscious of the importance of the tourism industry to west Kerry
“I am very pleased to announce this important initiative to help the tourism industry and other business interests on the peninsula. I believe this plan will help to allay understandable local concerns about visitors being confused and possibly misdirected,” he said.
The move has received a guarded welcome from local tourism organisations and businesses.
“The Minister is acknowledging that there is a problem with the signage. This is a very small step in the right direction but it doesn’t resolve the question mark over the name of the town,” publican John Benny Moriarty told The Kerryman on Tuesday.
The chairperson of Dingle Peninsula Tourism, Síle Gorman, also welcomed the Minister’s announcement.
“These signs to the peninsula should have been put up 30 years ago. It’s good that they’re going to be put up now but I wouldn’t see them in relation to the name issue because they’re not dealing with that. It’s great to see the Minister giving recognition to the peninsula as being an important tourist destination,” she said.
Dingle Business Chamber have given a cautious welcome to the new signage.
“It’s great to see Minister O’Donoghue finally acknowledge that there is a problem with signage in the area. The proposed signs are only a token gesture in the middle of an election campaign.
If our local minister has the power to do this he might also arrange that the name ‘Dingle -Daingean Uí Chúis’ is put on all 67 directional signs in Kerry and that the democratic wishes of the people of Dingle are recognised,” Chamber president John Sheehy told The Kerryman.
However, the chairman of the Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis campaign, Fergus O’Flaherty, was unimpressed with the minister’s announcement.
“This is nothing short of an election gimmick. When John O’Donoghue was addressing the crowd on Dingle pier, at the launch of Féile na Bealtaine last week, he constantly referred to An Daingean. He was speaking in the heart of Dingle but he totally ignored the name ‘Dingle’ and this was insulting to those of us involved in this campaign. The 67 roadsigns must bear the name ‘ Dingle- Daingean Uí Chúis’. That’s what the people voted for and that’s what they want,” he stated.
Fáilte Ireland board member Páidí Ó Sé welcomed the move on signage.
“We’re coming into the tourist season and this news on the signage is timely. It may not be everyone’s idea of a solution to the name issue but it will help,” he said.
The ten signs are expected to be in place within two weeks.
© Kerryman
& http://www.unison.ie/
By Ted Creedon

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