As Dr. Whitaker approaches his centenary year in December, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has formally acknowledged the pivotal and courageous role he played in the economic, social, educational, political and cultural development of the Irish State.
Dr. Whitaker has received many national and international honours and tributes for his achievements during his lifetime, most notably the conferral of “Irishman of the 20th Century” in 2001 and “Greatest Living Irish Person” in 2002.
More recently, in November 2014, the Institute of Banking conferred an Honorary Fellowship on Dr. Whitaker and created an annual T.K. Whitaker Scholarship in his name. In April 2015, he was presented with a lifetime achievement award by University College Dublin’s Economics Society for his outstanding contribution to Ireland’s Economic Policy.
Speaking at the event, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, said “Dr. Whitaker has been a hero of mine for a long time and recognising him for his outstanding contribution was a key priority for me in my role as Cathaoirleach.”
Cllr. Devlin, went on to quote a speech made by Dr. Whitaker in 1969, remarking that the words and sentiment resonate and are particularly relevant today:
“Let us remember that we are not seeking economic progress for purely materialistic reasons but because it makes possible relief of hardship and want, the establishment of a better social order, the raising of human dignity and, eventually, the participation of all . . . in the benefits, moral and cultural, as well as material, of spending their lives and bringing up their families in Ireland.”
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