Trouble in Dingle
THE town of Dingle yesterday voted overwhelmingly that the Irish Government should give it back its English name.
Eighteen months ago the town became An Daingean — pronounced On Dangun — as part of the Government’s efforts to preserve the Irish language.
Votes were counted yesterday after a week-long ballot of about 1,300 residents. Only 70 voted against a return to Dingle/Daingean Uí Chuís.
John Moriarty, a leading restaurateur in Dingle, and at the forefront of the “yes” campaign, was jubilant. “This confirms what we always knew — that the arrogance of politicians is not tolerated by the people of Dingle,” he said.
Kerry County Council will now pass the results to Eamon O Cuiv, the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. In a lengthy statement Mr O Cuiv said that the plebiscite had no legal effect because an Order under the Official Languages Act — the law he used to strip Dingle of its English name — could not be revoked.
And politicians wonder at why they are not treated with respect! I hope that the people of Dingle show their respect with a few screwdrivers and pots of paint and return their town to the name they want.