10 January 2017
The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, and Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, Senator Denis O’Donovan, today extended their sincere sympathies on the passing of Dr. T.K. Whitaker.
The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, said “With the passing of TK Whitaker, Ireland has lost a true patriot. He was a visionary and an exceptional public servant who helped transform not only Irish economic policy, but the nation itself. Our country owes him a debt of gratitude. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, Senator Denis O’Donovan, said “From July of 1997 to May 2002 the late Brian Lenihan Jnr was appointed Chair of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution and it was during this period that Dr. Whittaker was invited to one of our many meetings to share his wisdom, experience and knowledge of all matters Constitutional. He spent almost 3 hours with us that day and it left me with a lasting impression.”
“His dedication to public service and the betterment of our Nation, economically and socially, is one which cannot be understated. On reflection, I cannot help but feel an enormous sense of admiration for him and his life’s work - it is unquestionable that our Nation is a better place as a direct result of his service.”
“Dr. Whitaker served as an Independent Senator for a number of years and his contributions are, to this day, referenced as some of the most valuable made in Seanad Éireann. As Cathaoirleach I wish to acknowledge this immense contribution. On celebrating his 100th birthday in December of last year, Members of Seanad Éireann paid special tribute to his life’s work and the prevailing feeling that day was one of esteem and admiration.”
To read the remarks made in Seanad Éireann on Dr. Whitaker's 100th birthday, please see the Order of Business for 8 December 2016 here.
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