Dr Brendan O'Regan, a major developer in the mid-west, has died aged 90.

A native of Sixmilebridge in Co Clare, Mr O'Regan was instrumental in the development of Shannon Development, the Shannon college of Hotel Management, and the first ever duty-free shop at Shannon Airport.

He also established the all-Ireland organistion Cooperation Ireland in 1978, and the Irish Peace Institute at the University of Limerick in 1984.

Mr O'Regan began his career in Foynes working in catering during the Flying boats era, but was moved to Shannon airport by Sean Lemass to develop a catering enterprise and restaurants there.

He died in England. It is understood he became ill when he went there to visit members of his family at Christmas.

The Chairman of Shannon Development, John Brassil, said tonight the news of Dr O'Regan’s death was deeply saddening.

He said he was a major figure in the development of the entire Mid West region. He offered his deepest sympathy to his family.