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CBI in tribute to economist who 'shaped Ireland'

By Margaret Canning

The chairman of the CBI has paid tribute to the civil servant credited with laying the foundations of modern Ireland.

Co Down-born TK Whitaker died this week at the age of 100. In the 1950s he warned the Irish Government that the State would not succeed without opening up to foreign investment, industrial development and ending dependence on agriculture.

CBI NI chairman David Gavaghan said: "He played a fundamental role in the transformation of Ireland's economic and social outlook."

Dr Whitaker's vision of Ireland as an open, dynamic economy provided the platform for the Republic's economic policy.

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