| 4.1°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Fergal Keane: 'Now more than ever, we need reasonable folk'

Close

This photograph from 1966 shows then Taoiseach Jack Lynch and TK Whitaker leaving for London to take part in talks with British PM Harold Wilson

This photograph from 1966 shows then Taoiseach Jack Lynch and TK Whitaker leaving for London to take part in talks with British PM Harold Wilson

This photograph from 1966 shows then Taoiseach Jack Lynch and TK Whitaker leaving for London to take part in talks with British PM Harold Wilson

The two civil servants looked at what might reasonably be achieved by reasonable men. Neither was an ideologue. TK Whitaker was 52 at the time of their meeting. Sir Arthur Snelling was two years his senior. One was in the throes of modernising the economy of a young Republic. The other was managing the decline of a once-vast empire.

It happened just over half-a-century ago last week Whitaker came over from Dublin to meet Snelling and other officials to discuss the state of the Republic's sterling reserves - this was long before the EU and the euro but only two years since the re-emergence of the UVF on the streets of Belfast. It was also - though the two men could not have known it - the last year of peace in the North for three decades.


Most Watched





Privacy