I am aware of the difficulties being experienced by the clothing and textile industry in Donegal but neither the industry nor the development agencies would equate current difficulties with a state of collapse. In recognition of current difficulties, however, both IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland have reorganised their Donegal-based services to deal with regional issues, including actions arising from the report of the Donegal Employment Initiative – the task force established in 1998 following the announcement of job losses at Fruit of the Loom in Donegal.
IDA is actively seeking to increase the Objective 1 region's share of jobs in Greenfield projects from 25% (at present) to 50%.
In April of this year Enterprise Ireland, in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta and Donegal County Enterprise Board, organised a seminar for the clothing and textile industry on the theme ‘The Way Forward'. The purpose of the seminar was to outline some new ideas and best practice for the industry.
Enterprise Ireland has recently articulated a clear regional development mission and will be devoting greater resources to boosting the indigenous sector and the potential for high growth firms.