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Dingle Deal Struck - Healy-Rae strikes deal with Taoiseach to restore Dingle name
The Kerry's Eye  (Dingle in the News)
Jackie Healy-RaeA deal has been struck between Jackie Healy-Rae T.D and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to restore the bilingual names of Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis it was confirmed yesterday.

Cllr. Michael Healy-Rae released a statement to Kerry's Eye yesterday indicating that the Government have pledged to restore the bilingual names of Dingle and Daingean Uí Chúis to the West Kerry town as soon as possible, as part of his father's accession to the Dáil last week.

"The deal is signed and set" explained Michael.

"We are confident that the Government will stand by their word and deliver on the issue for the people of Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis and indeed the people of the South Kerry Constituency."

Jackie Healy-Rae indicated after his re-election in May that the restoration of the town's bilingual names was high on his list of priorities were he to enter the fray in the formation of a Government.

Now, according to his son Cllr. Michael Healy-Rae, a commitment has been made and a deal has been struck that the name An Daingean will be replaced with its bilingual historical names of Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis.

"There comes a time when politicians have to take speak out on behalf of their constituents and take a stand, we would be doing the same thing for the people of Killarney or Kenmare if their names were taken away" he emphasised.

In October of last year, 1005 qualified electors in Dingle, representing a 90% turnout, voted in a Kerry County Council supported plebiscite to reinstate the town's bilingual names.
The name An Daingean, which became the official town name under the Official Languages Act championed by Minister Eamonn Ó'Cúiv, was rejected.
Kerry County Council voted to present the results to the Government who have not acted on the matter, until now.

According to Michael, the delay in the restoration of the bilingual name has been extremely frustrating and upsetting for local people and now, finally, the matter is close to resolution.

"The people have spoken passionately and clearly through the plebiscite, how many more times do they have to" he said, "we received a new petition last week with a further 560 names on it indicating that the bilingual names are what people want."

Cllr. Healy-Rae also said that the people of Dingle and the West have been hard done by and that they want the matter resolved without further delay.

"People are sick of whole situation, the name change has been made into a political football and we don't want it kicked around anymore. We want it finalised, to score a goal so to speak and restore the towns bilingual names as soon as possible."

"There is no need for further speculation, the deal has been made with the Government and we intend to stand and deliver on it for the people of Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis."
by Marian O'Flaherty

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