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'Architect of modern Ireland' dies at age of 100

By Brian Hutton

Tributes have been paid to the Co Down economist dubbed the architect of modern Ireland, after he died aged 100.

The life of TK Whitaker, from Rostrevor, stands as the embodiment of the finest qualities of the Irish people, said the Republic's President Michael D Higgins.

Mr Whitaker is credited with drawing up the blueprint that ended economic protectionism in the Republic and led to greater participation in world trade.

Mr Higgins said Whitaker was dedicated to the search for peace.

"The Good Friday Agreement would be unimaginable without him," he added.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said Mr Whitaker's "was a life incredibly well lived".

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