Ken made his work accessible to us all
During the many months I spent researching Ken Whitaker's private archive and conducting interviews with him, our daily focal point became lunch in a local hostelry. Each day, as we made our way through the dining lounge, complete strangers would approach him simply to shake his hand, to wish him well, some to bemoan his absence from public life.
Since his passing, much has been written about his contribution to the economic, financial, social, educational, political and cultural evolution of modern Ireland. But it is the ethos that motivated his lifetime work as a public servant that is, perhaps, his greatest legacy.
The foundation for the dedication, honesty and integrity, the hallmarks of his public endeavours on behalf of the Irish people, were formed in his early upbringing.