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Now the council needs a survey before Dingle signs can change

Now the council needs a survey before Dingle signs can change

ANYONE expecting to see Daingean Ui Chuis and Dingle on signage in West Kerry and around the county needn’t hold their breath as it could be months before the long-awaited changes are put into effect.


According to Cllr Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald, Kerry County Council needs to conduct a full report before any signage is changed following the passing of legislation this summer to clear the way for the name of An Daingean to revert to the bilingual names of Dingle and the historical Irish name of Daingean Ui Chuis. A local committee campaigned for six years and four months for the name of An Daingean, which was introduced under the Placenames Order, to be removed and replaced with the bilingual names, after a plebiscite of qualified electors in the town saw over 90% vote to reject ‘An Daingean’ in favour of the bilingual names. However as of now, it is unclear as to when these changes will actually be visible on road signs. “Kerry County Council are aware of the legislation which was introduced, however they firstly need to conduct a report on what signs need to be changed and how many new signs need to be made,” he Cllr Fitzgerald told the Kerryman this week.

“The green signs are under the auspices of the National Roads Authority and the white signs belong to Kerry County Council. While some signs have the name ‘Dingle’ covered over - and these may just the tape to be removed - other signage is also needed to allow for the name Daingean Ui Chuis,” he said. All that might sound unnecessarily complicated - but it doesn’t end there. “Also, as the name is longer, the lettering needs to be examined as there is also specific legislation in place as to the size of lettering on road signs,” Cll. Fitzgerald explained. He could not confirm a timeframe in which this work will be completed, adding that it is his understanding that the signage will be changed “bit by bit”. Responding to this development - or lack of it - Fergus Ó Flaithbheartaigh of Coiste Dingle-Daingean Ui Chuis said that common sense needs to prevail, adding that he hopes the Council prioritise the matter. “The signs were changed to ‘An Daingean’ in no time at all; hopefully the red tape can be minimised allowing for the legislation which gives official standing to Daingean Ui Chuis and Dingle as the town’s official bilingual names, to be fully recognised,” he said. Cllr Fitzgerald added that he is to facilitate a meeting between the Council’s Director of Roads and Transportation Charlie O’Sullivan and local representatives in the coming weeks to discuss the matter.

Kerryman
19 Deireadh Fómhair 2011

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