Brian Farrell talks to economist and public servant Dr Thomas Kenneth (TK) Whitaker.
On 1 March 1976 Dr Whitaker stepped down as head of the Central Bank of Ireland and was replaced by Charles H Murray. Whitaker became Governor of the Central Bank in 1969 and in this interview he talks about his experience, his philosophy and his hopes for the future.
The discussion covers progress that has been made in the Civil Service, the qualities Whitaker brought to the role as controller of the Department of Finance, and his admiration for Seán Lemass. Whitaker describes Lemass as a man of action who,
Didn't really have much time for small talk
Farrell and Whitaker also talk about the growth of State sponsored bodies, the condition of the economy both domestically and internationally, and the strengths and weaknesses of the private and public sectors.
This episode of 'Seven Days' was broadcast on 2 March 1976.