Ken Whitaker

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Otto Glaser  (1926-2017)

Otto Glaser, who died earlier this year, was a visionary of the telecommunications industry who showed that with hard work, persistence and ingenuity,(...)

Eunice Adeleye was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents in 2007. In school her favourite subject is maths. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Kim Haughton’s project Portrait of a Century is genius in both its simplicity and impact. The Irish pho(...)

The funeral of TK (Ken) Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The late TK Whitaker may have been “a great patriot and Irish man of the 20th century” but to his family he was just “a most wonderful father,” his s(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May: the  Irish experience  shows  the effects of a radical change in trade regime take many years to play out.  Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/Getty Images

The Celtic Tiger saw truly remarkable growth in living standards in Ireland from 1994 to 2003. We now know that the exceptional growth was allowed to (...)

There are perhaps only two figures who can be said to have defined an era in the life of the State. One was Éamon de Valera, a revolutionary hero and (...)

1975:  Governor of the Central Bank Dr TK Whitaker during a press conference at Fitzwilton House, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Collins

In 1969 Ken Whitaker was appointed governor of the Central Bank at a critical time in the bank’s development. On his appointment he gave notice that t(...)

October 2014: TK Whitaker with his grandson Conor, age 10,  during a gathering organised by the SDLP  to honour his life and achievements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ken Whitaker’s life paralleled the history of the modern Irish State in whose economic, financial, social, educational, political and cultural evoluti(...)

1974:  TK Whitaker, governor of the Central Bank.  Photograph: Tom Lawlor

In 1939, a senior Civil Service officer wrote a performance review of the 22-year-old TK Whitaker, describing him as “highly intelligent, an officer d(...)

Governor of the Central Bank  TK Whitaker in 1975. Photograph: Tommy Collins
TK Whitaker obituary
  • People
  • January 10, 2017, 00:16

Thomas Kenneth Whitaker, who has died aged 100, was the most influential public servant in the history of the State, both during his professional car(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

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