Ahead of New Bankruptcy Term APIP Launches Rebrand and Website to Raise Awareness of Debt SolutionsDate added: 02 Dec 2015
Eric Hendy, Chairman of the Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP) and Lorcan O'Connor, Director at the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) at the rebrand and website launch in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Kevin Byrne Photography.
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Today (2nd December 2015), the Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP) launched its rebrand and new website (www.apip.ie) at its annual AGM and conference at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. The new initiative by APIP is to raise awareness of debt solutions in Ireland for people who need a fresh start from debt. At the AGM, new APIP committee members were appointed for 2016 followed by a personal insolvency update from Lorcan O’Connor, Director at the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI).
Speaking at the launch, Eric Hendy, Chairman of the Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP) said; "The low uptake in insolvency arrangements, to date, reflects a lack of awareness about the system, rather than a system that doesn't work. As part of our rebrand, the new APIP website is a platform for us to increase engagement with all of our stakeholders and strengthen our debt solutions communications strategy nationwide."
Since the court review provisions commenced last week, APIP has filed for the first court appeal on a plan that was voted down by creditors. “The government is making changes in the right order; by first strengthening the personal insolvency system and then having the balance of a shortened bankruptcy term. We should, however, be less concerned about a stampede to bankruptcy due to the new appeals process (in personal insolvency). We can still expect a quadrupling in bankruptcy cases when the term is reduced to one year. The fear now is that the courts service won’t be able to handle the increased caseload.” continued Eric Hendy.
At APIP’s annual AGM, the 2016 committee was appointed with new members Eugene McDarby of UHY Personal and Corporate Insolvency Solutions Ltd. and Paul Carr of Market House Insolvency Services, joining existing members Eric Hendy of R. Hendy & Co., Tara Cheevers of ACO Financial and Business Solutions, John E V Kenny of Providence Insolvency Practitioners and Mitchell O’Brien of Insolvency Resolution Service.
The rebrand and website were undertaken by Will Quigley, web designer and developer at Trinity Seven Studio, and Orla Clancy, media and communications consultant, digital editor and writer at Orla Clancy PR (OCPR).
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For further information and/or to arrange an interview contact Orla Clancy, Media Consultant for APIP, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 087 938 8882.
Notes to Editor
Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP)
The Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP) is the largest representative body of personal insolvency practitioners (PIPs) in Ireland. APIP members are authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI). With over 80 members (PIPs) nationwide, APIP helps people in financial distress to find a fresh start through solutions to their debt problems. The APIP committee engages with the government and the ISI to progress the insolvency system in Ireland.
For further information about APIP, visit: www.apip.ie.
2015 APIP Committee
Eric Hendy, Chairman of APIP
Tara Cheevers, Secretary of APIP
Mitchell O'Brien, APIP Committee Member
Alan McGee, APIP Committee Member
Steven Curtis, APIP Committee Member
John Kenny, APIP Committee Member
APIP VAT Committee
Eugene McDarby, APIP VAT Committee Member
John Kenny, APIP VAT Committee Member