George Mordaunt launches new book on the recession and recovery

Clonmel motor dealer George Mordaunt this week launches his new book ‘Shepherd’s Pie - Family, Business, Recession and Recovery! - one man’s story on the present economic plight and its consequences.

Clonmel motor dealer George Mordaunt this week launches his new book ‘Shepherd’s Pie - Family, Business, Recession and Recovery! - one man’s story on the present economic plight and its consequences.

The Clonmel launch is in The Narrow Space, Mitchel Street, this Thursday at 8pm

Ireland is insolvent because of mismanagement, corruption and greed. We have been bombarded with and infuriated by reports of self-serving bankers, developers and government ministers, but to date the general public has not had an account of the devastating effect of this crisis on Irish-owned businesses as they try to pick up the pieces.

Irish businesses are attempting to cope with insolvency, arrears and liquidation – the rate of suicide among the self-employed in Ireland has trebled in the last 3 years.

George Mordaunt believes that many Irish businesses are now dysfunctional not only because of the recession but also because of the reaction of business owners to the recession – and specifically their reaction to the banks. With raw honesty he outlines the effect this reaction has had on himself, his young family, his marriage and his business.

He shares his most private moments of despair and fear, yet demonstrates how business owners can salvage their businesses and that we now have a core responsibility to get back to basics in all levels of Irish life.

An honest and gripping story that needed to be told … it was hard to turn the pages as I feared what was coming next – the rise was at least as frightening as the fall.

Mick Wallace, TD

One of the best books you’re ever likely to read about what went wrong in our country and why.

Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos

In late 2010, George Mordaunt’s Chamber of Commerce conference speech to politicians and Irish company chiefs brought the conference room to tears and sparked this story of how bust businesses can lift themselves out of the mire and recover. George Mordaunt is the Managing Director of the Mordaunt Group, a family business based in Clonmel, He is married with two children.

Shepherd’s Pie is published in paperback at €14.99