Eoghan Harris: Talk to Joe, my brother, about debt -- and survival
'I remember I put a rope around my neck one day, just to test it out, just to see would I be able to do it. I had been in debt for six months. I couldn't physically function."
The speaker was my brother Joe. He was talking to Neil Prendeville on Cork's 96FM, following up an article he had written in the Douglas Post about losing his business, his marriage, his sense of self, to the point of planning suicide.
Joe comes in the middle of our family of nine brothers and sisters. He has dark good looks, blazing blue eyes, enormous emotional empathy, endless good humour, and is naturally numerate. These gifts made him the best cold-call insurance salesman in Cork.