Friday 18 January 2019

James Joyce is favourite as name for airport's T2

Dublin Airport could soon become James Joyce International Airport -- if Senator David Norris has his way.

The Joycean scholar, who performed a reading from Ulysses in Terminal 2 on Bloomsday, said he had "secured the support of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht" (Jimmy Deenihan) for the name-change "just that morning".

"Dublin has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, but what a boring name for a terminal at an airport: Terminal 2 -- Can we not do better?" he asked.

Senator Norris asked the Seanad to support the name- change and said he would also be asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, for his support "for the renaming of Terminal 2 as James Joyce International Airport".

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames voiced her support.

"It would be an appropriate recognition of Dublin's status as a UNESCO city of literature," she said.

Siobhan Moore, of the Dublin Airport Authority, said any name-change for Dublin would be a matter for the Minister for Transport. "It would be the Government that would decide. At the moment, it's just Terminal 1 and Terminal 2," she said.


Department of Transport spokesman Nick Miller said: "Ultimately it would be a matter for Government, a Cabinet decision, but we would be interested in hearing proposals."

It is not the first time names have been suggested for Dublin Airport, particularly after Belfast named its airport after footballer George Best, and Liverpool Airport became John Lennon International.

Names been suggested in the past have included Michael Collins Airport and Sean Lemass Airport.

A thread on the politics.ie website came up with loads of suggestions, including Michael O'Hehir International Airport; Phil Lynott International Airport; Mary Robinson International Airport; and even Brian Lenihan International Airport.

Other suggestions were O'Connell International Airport, Brendan Behan International Airport, and Jack B Yates International Airport, Charles J Haughey International Airport and, tongue in cheek, Finglas International Airport and Fr Ted International Airport.


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