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Monday 25 September 2017

TK Whitaker 'a true public servant, a man of integrity'

The remains of TK Whitaker are brought by relatives to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The remains of TK Whitaker are brought by relatives to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Alan O'Keeffe

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told mourners at the removal of Dr TK Whitaker that he was "a true public servant, a man of integrity, a family man and a genuine Christian".

Archbishop Martin, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook in Dublin, said that Dr Whitaker used his many talents for the good of the Irish people.

Mary Robinson attending the removal mass of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mary Robinson attending the removal mass of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dr Whitaker, a former secretary of the Department of Finance, was renowned as one of the chief architects of Ireland's successful economy.

He died on Monday, one month after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Archbishop Martin, Monsignor Lorcan O'Brien, his friend Fr Loman Mac Aodha, and his brother-in-law Fr Paschal Moore attended the removal.

Chief mourners were his surviving sons Kenneth, Raymond, David and Brian and a large number of family members.

Former President Mary McAleese and husband Martin attending the removal mass of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Former President Mary McAleese and husband Martin attending the removal mass of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photo: Steve Humphreys

His son Raymond said the driving principles of his father's life could be found in the prayer of Saint Ignatius regarding service without counting the cost.

Those attending included former Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, as well as former Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, former Tánaiste Mary Harney, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, chief of staff of the Defence Forces, were also in attendance.

Requiem Mass will take place today at 11.30am.

TK Whitaker
TK Whitaker

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