Ireland’s textile industry has been on a tear since the recession, with a record number of new orders for garments worth €2bn this year.
However, as the economy improves and the government begins to spend more on the sector, the industry is facing a major challenge.
It is a challenge that will be difficult to solve, as it will require significant investment from the private sector, and it will likely require a shift in the way that the sector operates, said Mr Brennan.
“We don’t see this as an easy challenge to solve,” he said.
“It’s going to require the creation of new roles and new jobs, but it is an issue that we are going to have to work out with the private industry.”
But we will see the results of that over the next year or two, and we are very confident that we can address it.
“He added that the industry had already seen some positive growth this year, with new orders exceeding €1bn for the first time.”
The industry is looking at growth this fiscal year, so it’s been very encouraging,” he added.”
And we will continue to see a strong contribution from the industry over the coming years.
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