A proposal to re-name a street in Dingle after revolutionary leader, Thomas Ashe, has been turned down by county councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District.
Sinn Féin councillor, Damian Quigg, had suggested that Grey’s Lane in the town be re-named after Thomas Ashe, who was from Lispole and died during a hunger strike in 1917.
Grey’s Lane connects Green Street and Dykegate Lane in Dingle and is named after the Grey family who were landowners in the town.
Cllr Damian Quigg said that Patrick Grey had inflicted hardship on people on the lane when he collected hefty rents as a landlord.He said he had collected 100 signatures in favour of a proposal to rename the lane ‘Sráid Tomás Ághas’ or Thomas Ashe Street.
Municipal district manager, John Flynn said such a proposal would require a plebiscite, something which Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said should not be rushed into following the debacle over the changing of Dingle’s name several years ago. Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald said there were other places in Dingle named after Thomas Ashe including Páirc an Áthasaigh and Ashmount Terrace.
He proposed the name Grey’s Lane be retained in line with the wishes of many residents he had spoken to.
Cllr Quigg failed to get a seconder and his proposal fell as a result.