Ken Whitaker

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Anne Chambers and TK Whitaker: “For the past two years as I interviewed and researched the personal archive of Dr TK Whitaker, it became apparent why the ordinary citizens of this country should confer him with the accolade ‘Irishman of the Twentieth Century’

For the past two years as I interviewed and researched the personal archive of Dr TK Whitaker, it became apparent why the ordinary citizens of this co(...)

TK Whitaker: realised at an early stage that a reliance on tradition and “high-sounding cliches” would not serve this State’s maturation. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

How do you write the biography of the man many regard as Ireland’s greatest public servant without it being a gushing hagiography? With considerable d(...)

Financial architect: Ken Whitaker, photographed in March this year, at the age of 97. Photograph: David Sleator
A plan to save the Irish economy

In 1957 nowhere in Ireland’s public arena was the difference between the worn-out policy of protectionism and the energising policy of free trade bett(...)

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Business and Finance section in The Irish Times. It was also the first daily financial section in any I(...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn:‘I hope that it will be retained.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan- Quinn has revealed she has voted against abolishing the Seanad. Speaking in Galway today, Mrs Quinn s(...)

Former minister Michael McDowell who said today: ‘Politics is the process that we as citizens choose it to be. We should not cannibalise the Constitution in the name of reform.’

Ireland is not a “failed state” and its people should not accept phoney reform in abolishing the Seanad, former minister for justice Michael McDowell (...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth  meeting then president Mary McAleese  at Áras an Uachtaráin in May 2011. “Relations between the two states have never been better, a closeness symbolised by the queen’s hugely successful visit.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The mischievous streak in me likes the word “collaboration”: it is a subversive word. I believe in the obvious – that the road to peace out of any con(...)

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