Ken Whitaker

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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
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  • 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 (...)

 Dr TK  Whitaker: his plan prompted seismic shift in Irish economic policy away from protectionism and towards internationalisation. Photograph: Tommy Collins

Although much in Ireland has changed over recent decades, the lessons learned from Dr TK Whitaker’s life’s work still reverberate today. His seminal 1(...)

In the shaping of modern Ireland, no one has played a more important role than TK Whitaker. In celebrating his 100th birthday today, he has lived to s(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe:  He insisted that the fiscal space available for the Budget will remain at around €1 billion, to be divided on a 2:1 ratio between public spending increases and tax cuts. Photograph: Alan Betson

There will be no increase in the €1 billion of fiscal space before the Budget, and Government departments will not be bailed out at the end of the ye(...)

When a state joins the EU, we get to vote. An accession treaty must be endorsed by every member state. When we joined the then EEC with Britain, back (...)

Margaret Downes with her award for her exceptional contribution to Irish business and society. Photograph: Alan Betson

For a generation that takes gender balance, inclusiveness and diversity as expected norms in the Irish workplace, it can be difficult to appreciate ju(...)

Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A “revolutionary” of the calibre of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker is needed to ensure that financial markets take some(...)

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