Charles Henry Murray
Born 29th Jan 1917–2008
Charles Henry Murray (29th Jan 1917–2008), civil servant and governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, was born 29 January 1917 in Dublin to Charles Murray and his wife Teresa (née Duke). Educated at Synge Street CBS, Dublin, he reluctantly abandoned pre-medical studies as family circumstances precluded his attending university. He joined the civil service 10 October 1934, the same day as T. K. Whitaker (b. 1916); both were later awarded a B.Comm. in economics from London University, and their rigorous economic training marked them as a minority among their professional contemporaries.
Murray worked briefly in the Civil Service Commission, spent fourteen years in the Revenue Commissioners (where he was appointed administrative officer (1938)), and moved (1948) to the Department of Agriculture for a year, before his appointment to the Department of the Taoiseach (1949). Here, as principal officer, Murray provided informal and ad hoc advice on economic and financial issues to taoisigh Éamon de Valera (qv) and John A. Costello (qv). Murray was consulted by Whitaker when researching his paper on ‘Capital formation, saving and economic progress’, delivered to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland in 1956, urging capital formation to spur growth. Collaborating closely together, they drew on the Keynesian work of their former colleagues, the economists Patrick Lynch (qv) of UCD and Louden Ryan of TCD. Crucially placed to influence a discernible shift in thinking in the Department of the Taoiseach during Costello’s second government (1954–7), Murray saw the need to engage with the impetus toward free trade in Europe.
Costello drew on Murray’s advice in seeking to temper the austere impulses of the minister for finance, Gerard Sweetman (qv); Murray was appointed to a committee examining the production and pricing of flour and bread in February 1956. Surprised that nothing was known in the Department of Finance about the establishment (1947) and operation of the British Economic Planning Board, Murray, with the approval of Maurice Moynihan (qv), requested the London embassy make discreet enquiries about its workings. Murray’s subsequent memo almost certainly influenced Sweetman’s establishment of the Capital Investment Advisory Committee in October 1956. The committee’s third report (1958) proposed economic planning to engender productive, rather than redistributive, investment, stressing the importance of attracting foreign capital. Murray represented Ireland at an OEEC conference in Paris in February 1957 discussing proposals to establish free trade in Europe.
Charles Henry Murray’s Ming Gua (natal/ personal trigram number) = 3
His Personal Trigram is ZHEN:
Charles Personal Natal number is integrated with the Central Bank Foster Place Natal Chart, completing the chart below.
NB. Murray was 1 of only 2 Central Bank Governor’s serve in 2 different Central Bank Buildings. Murray served in Foster Place and Dame Street. Because Murray served in 2 different Central Bank Buildings, We must create 2 different Natal Charts to reflect this, see below