The blame for what happened in 2007 rests with  politicians. By the same token, the credit for the economic turnaround in the 1960s must also go to politicians such as (from left to right) Seán Lemass,  Jack Lynch and TK Whitaker. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Amid all the celebrations of TK Whitaker’s 100th year it is worth asking the question: why has Ireland’s civil service not produced anyone of his stat(...)