Tunnel should be renamed after this Region’s Greatest Aviation and Industrial Visionaries the late Brendan O’Regan RIP

July 29th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Speaking following the opening of the Limerick Tunnel, one of the biggest infrastructural projects ever undertaken in the Mid West Region, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has reiterated his call for the Tunnel linking the N18 at Cratloe with the Limerick South Ring Road Project to be renamed after the Mid-West Region’s greatest visionary the late Brendan O’Regan RIP.

“This tunnel connects the entire Mid West Region and it will certainly help to alleviate traffic chaos travelling through Limerick City especially for passengers travelling to and from Shannon Airport. One of the main Toll Plaza’s is located on the Clare side and I believe that renaming the tunnel after the late Brendan O’Regan (RIP) would be a fitting tribute to a man, born in Sixmilebridge, who was one of this Region’s Greatest Aviation and Industry visionaries.

Dr. O’Regan’s lifelong commitment to the Mid-West Region is second to none; the development of the world’s first duty free shop; his vision for Shannon Airport and the importance of regional development; the birth of Shannon Development and the Industrial Zone, the Shannon College of Hotel Management, the development of Bunratty and in later years the establishment of the Irish Peace Institute. These are testament to a man of vision and enterprising initiative.”

“Cork named their tunnel after the late Jack Lynch and now that the tunnel is now open, I believe that it is the right time to acknowledge the contribution of the Mid-West’s greatest Aviation and Industrial Pioneers, a man who put this Region on the map, Brendan O’Regan RIP.”