We muddled through and survived - but austerity has taken its toll
While most of us sleepwalked into a nightmare of financial disaster a decade ago, some saw it coming and predicted its cost, writes Liam Collins
When I missed a mortgage payment and had to put €3,000 on the credit card to pay college fees for one of the kids, I knew that financially I was in real trouble.
The worst part of it was that I had seen it coming from early 2007 - or rather a very wise political acquaintance nobody wanted to listen to had been hammering home the message "This is all going to end badly".
Looking back on the so-called lost decade, I cannot but ruefully reflect that Brian Lenihan's much derided claim that "we all partied" has a ring of truth.