Thursday 8 December 2016

A different take on bankruptcy

Published 04/08/2010 | 05:00

DURING the week I was speaking to an American tourist. In a discussion on the economy he told me of an acquaintance of his in the US who was declared bankrupt.

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To celebrate the occasion, he gave a huge bash in a swanky hotel, inviting all his creditors and debtors. There were handshakes and hugs all round.

The story made me reflect on the pre-Celtic Tiger era in this country when bankruptcy attracted a certain degree of shame and proof of failure.

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