The long running dispute over the name of Dingle has moved a step closer to being resolved. Minister for the Environment John Gormley has published draft legislation which will allow the town to be known bilingually as Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis. The row over the naming of Dingle now stems back almost six years.
In 2004 under the Placenames Order of the Official Languages Act Gaeltacht Minister Eamon Ó’Cúiv changed the name of the town to An Daingean. However, two years later, those eligibible to take part in the plebescite voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the name of the town from An Daingean to Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis. Now it seems their wishes have come a step closer.
Minister John Gormely has published draft legislation as part of The Local Government Bill 2010. It provides for the Irish version of An Daingean to be Daingean Uí Chúis and for the English version of the name to be Dingle. These versions of the name will supersede the version set out in the 2004 Placenames Order.