Source: RTE News via News24 article The new trend in Ireland is to put the emphasis on fashion rather than the construction industry, where women were still seen as the main breadwinners.
There is no shortage of men’s clothing at any given time, with the latest figures showing that of the total number of men who wear clothing, more than a third have an industry job.
In the past decade, the number of women wearing the same number of different kinds of clothing has fallen by nearly half.
The latest figures for the National Bureau of Statistics showed that the number that wore women’s clothing fell from 15,000 in 2013 to 6,000 this year.
The figures also show that the amount of women who worked in the fashion industry has increased from 6,400 in 2013, to 10,000 now.
This means the number who are women in the garment industry is rising.
The trend for young men in this sector is not to be confused with those in the construction sector.
“I’m not a big fan of the term ‘crisis’ or ‘famine’ to describe the situation in the textile industry,” said James Murphy, a 30-year-old fashion designer in Co Meath.
“It’s just not right.
I have been a part of this industry for 20 years, and I’m happy to say that I have never experienced a crisis or an economic downturn in the industry.”
His partner and fellow designer, Michelle Doyle, says she is “a bit worried” by the current state of the industry.
“For me, I’m a little worried about my partner,” she said.
“She’s an accountant and I think that’s a big job, but the amount that we’re being asked to pay her just makes me worry.”
We don’t feel safe.
We don’t know what the future holds for the industry or the way that we work.
“There’s a lack of clarity, and they’ve been in the position of not being able to control it.” “
They [the government] haven’t done anything about the situation,” said Dr Clare McCaffery, an expert in the workplace at the University of Limerick.
“There’s a lack of clarity, and they’ve been in the position of not being able to control it.”
In the first six months of this year, there were five incidents of working on-site at the Woolworths warehouse in Co Wicklow, with three workers injured and one released.
On-site workers were also on the verge of strike in the area, but there has been no indication that it will take place.
While the industry is undergoing a “dramatic transformation”, many of the concerns surrounding the industry are being felt on a national scale.
In Co Wickliffe, two young people have died since May, with one being struck by a car.
“This is a very sad situation and the government has a responsibility to do something,” said Ms Doyle.
“We’ve been through the worst of times.
We’re all living in this bubble, and if it’s going to happen to us it’s not going to be the last time we’re going to live in this situation.”
The new generation The young generation in the wool industry is beginning to feel the effects of the recession, said Dr McCafferies.
“You get to a certain age now, and you start to see how the world works, and how people live,” she explained.
“So I think this generation, particularly those that are under 25, they’ve got to start thinking about how they can get by.” “
She added: “It is very difficult for them to see that this is not their only option, and so they have to start taking responsibility for themselves and how they work.” “
So I think this generation, particularly those that are under 25, they’ve got to start thinking about how they can get by.”
She added: “It is very difficult for them to see that this is not their only option, and so they have to start taking responsibility for themselves and how they work.”
A lot of young men are finding themselves in a position where they can not take on the roles of father or husband, because they are no longer working.
But, as a young woman, Ms McCaffrey has found herself struggling to take on that role.
“My son, who is 15, is now on his own,” she told RTE’s Good Morning Ireland.
“He’s got his own job, and he doesn’t want me to take over that role.”
She said the problem was that the men in her generation were in a different mindset from the women of her generation.
“What we’re seeing is a huge generational shift, where the women in my generation are working much less, and then, in the late 90s, the guys in my era started to work much more,” she added.
“And it’s just a very young generation, and these are the first generation that have had this economic downturn.”
‘We don ‘t feel safe’