The following extract is from 'Who's Who In Ireland' Published by Checkout Publications, Dun Laoghaire
''Padraig O’hUiginn: Secretary-General of the Department of The Taoiseach 1982-1993, b 1924; educ St. Finbarr's College, Cork; University of Edinburgh, MSC (Economic and Social Planning); m Patricia Ni Lideadha; 3 sons 1 Daughter; entered the Civil Service 1941, has served in the Departments of the Environment, Industry & Commerce, Lands and Economic Planning and Development, Secretary-General of the Department of the Taoiseach; has extensive international experience at senior level, was Economic Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission (Geneva), Officer-in-Charge of Housing, Planning and Building at UN Headquarters (New York); formerly Director for Regional Policy and Deputy Director-General for Energy, Science and Technology at EC Council of Ministers (Brussels); Fellow, Irish Management Institute; Honorary Fellow of the institution of the Engineers of Ireland; Chairman: National Economic and Social Council; the Central Review Committee which oversaw the progress of social partnership; The international Financial Services Committee; Task force on Employment; member, Customs House Docks Development Authority; Board member, Irish Museum of Modern Art:Managing Director, An Foras Forbartha: Chairman/Board member, Bord Failte.
An impressive linguist and negotiator; a firm believer in economic consensus; has twice postponed retirement; regarded by many as the most influential figure in the country. Hobby, golf; Clubs, Grange Golf Club, Ballybunion Golf Club (Honorary member); Hon. Member, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.''
Mr O hUiginns role in ecenomic and social development has been documented in published works on the period as summarised in the following extracts.