13 July 2011
BREAKING: Legislation that will restore the bilingual name of Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis is on track to become law by July 28th. DingleNews.com has learned this evening that the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011 passed through committee stage and it is now expected that it will go through report stage in the Dáil next week, before going on to the Seanad and then for signing by the President on July 28th.
Kerry South TD, Brendan Griffin and Dingle Local Area Councillor, Séamus Cosaí Fitzgerald, have welcomed today’s development and have paid tribute to Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, for his efforts on the subject. Deputy Griffin and Councillor Fitzgerald say that the restoration of the bilingual name of the town on maps and signposts will eliminate difficulties that the local tourism industry has been encountering since the removal of the word Dingle as an official placename in 2005. They also say that the restoration of the bilingual name is a victory for democracy, after over 90% of the population of the town voted in favour of the restoration of the name Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis in 2006, in a local plebiscite that came about after Cllr. Fitzgerald pursued the matter through Kerry County Council. Pictured: the result of the plebiscite held in Dingle in 2006.