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'An Daingean' still the ugliest words in town

A COMMUNITY that has fought for six years to "legalise" its town's name has stepped up its campaign ahead of the election.

There's a feeling of deja vu in Dingle as the issue that dominated the 2007 General Election and the local elections in 2009 has once again reared its head.

A group of about 70 protested at the main route into the Co Kerry town at the weekend, reminding visitors and canvassers they hadn't gone away.

The name of the town was controversially changed from Dingle to 'An Daingean' in 2005 by the then Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Eamon O Cuiv. Despite assurances that it would be restored, this has never happened.

"We feel absolutely let down," said Kate O'Connor, secretary of the Dingle/ Daingean Ui Chuis committee.

"This has been an election issue three times now, so maybe with a new administration we'll get somewhere.

"Every sign in Co Kerry is directing people to 'An Daingean' and for a town that's depending on tourism that's just stupid.

"We've had instances of tourists coming up to people and asking 'what town is this?'"

Irish Independent