The great recession and the great forgetting

The great recession and the great forgetting
Workers taking down the Irish Nationwide sign from the bank’s offices on O’Connell Street in Dublin in 2011 Collins

The Central Bank fined a former Irish Nationwide executive €23,000 last week. Hardly anybody noticed. And therein lies the problem

The Harvard medical school has identified seven common causes of memory loss. The reasons for forgetfulness are mundane and obvious. Fatigue, medication, sleep disturbance, lack of exercise, stress, depression and excessive alcohol consumption are all cited as explanations for lapses in memory.

It happens to the best of us when it comes to finding our car keys, looking for the remote control or recalling the devastation wrought by financial institutions on the Irish economy. Ireland...

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