Whitaker personified a gifted generation of true patriots
Ability and motivation distinguished the late TK Whitaker
When Ken Whitaker was appointed to lead the Department of Finance in 1956, the Irish economy had been through a period of persistent failure.
Much of Europe was recovering well from World War II - but Ireland had stagnated, with emigration accounting for up to 4pc of the workforce per annum.
The policy of protective tariffs and quotas in place since the early 1930s had failed to stimulate industrial expansion and the continental countries had commenced the introduction of a more open trading regime with the negotiations that led to the European Economic Community.