100 years old – T. K. Whitaker

Today, one of the architects of Ireland’s economic success – T. K. Whitaker – celebrates his 100th birthday.

Our recent economic woes are only temporary, if the strength of our past progress is any indicator.

The share of GDP per person in Ireland today stands at nearly €60,000, up from €600 in 1960.

The beginnings of this advancement lie in the work of Whitaker to open the Irish economy to trade, to abandon protectionism, and to transition the Irish economy from agriculture to industry and services.

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