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No Democracy (or Parking) in Dingle

I’m a pretty laid-back fellow, but certain things really get to me. One of them is the disregard of any form of government to the wishes of its people.

In Dingle, we’ve had a famous battle over the name of the town. Whatever one’s stance about the issue (and I understand arguments on both sides), Road signthe fact is that the town held a plebescite, and 96% voted for “Dingle/Daingean Uí­ Chúis.” It’s now a year and a half later, tourists are still confused by the use of “An Daingean” on the road signs, and the government still hasn’t honoured the wishes of the people.

In an even more worrying development, Kerry County Council launched a Traffic Plan for Dingle a year ago, which I wrote about here. Basically they wanted to remove almost all of the parking from the centre of town and create satellite parking around the edges.

For most of the year, Dingle is a tiny market town of 1,800 residents, without any traffic problem outside weddings and funerals, and removing the parking would be a disaster for businesses and for quality of life (would you really hike 10 minutes in a January gale to grab a coffee, visit friends, or do your shopping?)

There was uproar about the plan a year ago, and most of the businesses, associations, and residents sent in opposing submissions. Do you think Kerry County Council paid any attention to the submissions? It seems not. They just launched a new traffic plan that still takes away the parking. I haven’t seen it yet, but it appears that instead of removing 130 parking spots, they now propose to remove only 122. Very generous.

They say it’s a new plan, and so the old submissions are invalid. All the submissions need to be re-done. For what? To save another few parking spaces? I think they could have a battle on their hands this time. Stay tuned…

Traffic Plan Dingle

P.S. In the interest of fairness, I have heard from both the press officer of Kerry County Council and a local Counciller who say that this is just a draft, that they are open for input, and that submissions will be taken seriously this time around. Let’s hope so!

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10 Responses to “No Democracy (or Parking) in Dingle”

  1. March 12th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Colm says:

    You’re wasting your time. Democracy died in this country a long time ago. Even the TDs we elect to run the country are only a smokescreen no matter who is in power. This country is run by civil servants for civil servants (be it HSE, Planners, Revenue, Departmental etc) and the rest of us are just tax cows to fund their lifestyle. We live in a dictatorship but because the despot is thousands of faceless unionised bureaucrats rather than one individual we just fail to recognise it.

  2. March 12th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Sarah says:

    That map is so funny. Kerry Coco sound like a right bunch of muppets!!!

  3. March 12th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Laura says:

    Let’s hope that the voice of the majority gets heard.

  4. March 13th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Joan says:

    I will reiterate what I said previously, it’s a pity that the powers that be continue to destroy the charm and character of cities and towns in the name of what they think is progress. If this traffic plan goes forward, everyone can sit back and watch what makes Dingle unique disappear forever. The people on the KCC are all nuts!

  5. March 13th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Paul says:

    Why are don’t they listen? Who does this benefit?

  6. March 13th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Suzanne says:

    Maybe you should not name an icecream after a political candidate but rather your srewed up town parking council. Something with a lot of nuts perhaps?

  7. March 13th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Suzanne says:

    How about “Kerry County Council Cluster****” with all the nuts you can imagine!

  8. March 16th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Grannymar says:

    Not enough brown envelopes handed over! ;)

  9. March 17th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Kitchen Goddess says:

    Ahhh FGS why do they never listen?

  10. December 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Ice Cream Ireland » Blog Archive » Farmer’s Market on the Move? says:

    [...] markets), and they are suggesting a move to the parking lot on Holyground. I hate to see more parking lost, but here’s hoping we find a solution that makes everyone [...]

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