The Central Statistics Office has apologised for any offence which may have been caused by the use of An Daingean on Census forms.
The West Kerry town fought a seven year battle to have the names Dingle – Daingean Uí Chúis reinstated. The controversial move to instate An Daingean as the West Kerry town’s official name in 2005 by then Gaeltacht Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, led to local outcry. In 2006 Kerry County Council held a plebiscite on the issue, with over 90% of qualified electors opting for Dingle – Daingean Uí Chúis. In 2011, then Environment Minister Phil Hogan enacted an amendment giving the bilingual names official status. This week the CSO apologised for ‘any offence or inconvenience that may have inadvertently been caused’ by the use of An Daingean on Census forms. The CSO confirmed to Radio Kerry News, for forms currently being distributed, enumerators will check the address of the property with the householder and complete the correct information on the census form, including the householders’ preference. Enumerators will check with the householder they are satisfied with the use of their town name and if necessary amend it to the householder’s preference, or will accept an amended version, if the original was changed by the householder. Fergus Ó Flaithbheartaigh of Coiste Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis welcomed the move but said more consideration needs to be given when it comes to official documentation: