Kerry CC votes to hold Dingle plebiscite

Monday 17 October 2005 19.48
An Daingean/Dingle - Plebiscite to be held
An Daingean/Dingle - Plebiscite to be held

Kerry County Council has voted to hold a plebiscite to decide whether the name of the west Kerry town An Daingean should be changed to a bi-lingual form, Dingle/Daingean Ui Chuis.

However, only a third of the residents of the town will be entitled to vote in the plebiscite.

The name of the town was controversially changed from Dingle to An Daingean last March as a result of the place names order of the Official Languages Act.

A campaign was started to change the name of the town to Dingle/Daingean Ui Chuis and this morning Kerry County Council voted to hold a plebiscite giving local people a choice between the bi-lingual and the Irish-only versions.

The plebiscite will be held under the 1946 Local Government Act, but this will only allow people in the townland of An Daingean - or roughly one-third of the town's electorate - to vote.

No date has been fixed for the plebiscite.