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No signs of peace in ‘town with no name’
The Kerryman  (Dingle in the News)

THE continuing row over the Dingle name change is on the brew again and is coming strongly into public view as the tourism season gets into full swing in West Kerry.
The local Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis group have launched a poster campaign, portraying their town as one without a name or without democracy. The move coincides with the launch of the Féile na Bealtaine festival in the town and the departure of the Jeanie Johnston from Dingle on Tuesday on a pilgrimage voyage to Spain, both of which are attracting widespread media attention.
Local publican Danno O'Keeffe said that this is part of the on-going campaign against the official name change introduced under the Language Act.
“This is part of the fight to restore our proper name of Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis because the government has called an election and ignored the democratic wishes of the people of Dingle,” he told The Kerryman.
But not all sides agree with the views held by the Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis campaign.
Fergal Mac Amhlaoibh of Todhchaí na Gaeltachta told the Kerryman that the government claims the plebiscite held on the issue was totally illegal in the first place and he lashed out at the latest poster campaign that claimed locals are being denied democracy.
“What sort of democracy do they want? That plebiscite was shown to be totally illegal. It has been declared illegal by the Government and Minister Roche was absolutely appalled by it,” Mr Mac Amhlaoibh said.
His organisation is suggesting a compromise solution to the problem where the name Dingle would appear on signs outside the town and outside the Gaeltacht.
This proposal would allow for the name Dingle to be used on signage in a way that would allow it to remain within the Language Act. They also propose that the name Dingle would remain on such signage for at least five years, allowing the situation to ‘cool down’.
But the Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis campaigners appear determined to go ahead with their strategy and are convinced that the minister and the government understands their wishes.
Secretary Kate O'Connor said that Minister Roche had very different comments to make on the issue when the pro-Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis group met him.
“Minister Roche said to us that Dingle is a brand name known throughout the world and that there should be no controversy about the matter. He said the result of the plebiscite was irrefutable,” Ms O’Connor said.
© Kerryman
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By Ted Creedon

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