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Fiscal giant TK Whitaker is laid to rest

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/01/2017

The coffin is carried from church after the funeral
The coffin is carried from church after the funeral
Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina
Irish broadcaster John Bowman offers his condolences to Mr Whitaker's son Ken (left)
TK Whitaker

Co Down born TK Whitaker, dubbed the architect of modern Ireland, wanted to be remembered simply as a civil servant who did his best, his funeral Mass heard.

Figures from the worlds of politics, justice and finance thronged the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Thomas Kenneth Whitaker died on Monday, aged 100.

Born in 1916 in Rostrevor, he developed in the 1950s a cornerstone policy that helped Ireland enjoy greater participation in world trade with the aid of foreign investment.

He was one of the youngest secretaries of Ireland's Finance Department when appointed at 39, and played a prominent role in the country's economic affairs for decades.

He later became governor general of Ireland's Central Bank and a member of the Seanad and the Council of State.

He is credited with a key role in early events which led to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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