Ireland’s fashion industry was linked to the armed conflict in Syria for years.
The business has been under pressure to close shop in the past few months due to rising unemployment and rising costs of living, as well as the fallout from a series of high-profile shootings by security forces in recent months.
We understand the pain and uncertainty that this will cause to our customers, our suppliers and the wider fashion industry, but we believe it is necessary to put the safety of our employees and staff first,” it said. “
It has been very difficult to keep the supply chain working as a chain of trust, which is why we have asked our partners to suspend the operation of the website, while we assess the impact on our business.”
“We understand the pain and uncertainty that this will cause to our customers, our suppliers and the wider fashion industry, but we believe it is necessary to put the safety of our employees and staff first,” it said.
On its website, the clothing company said it had a long-standing policy to refrain from commenting on operational matters, and said that in the event of an incident, the organisation would “make every effort to establish a safe and secure environment”.
The statement did not give any indication whether this meant that staff could be dismissed, or the company could suspend its operation, although it added that “if it does not provide us with that assurance, we will do what is in our best interests.”
The statement also said that “any decision to suspend or cease operations will be taken in accordance with the principles of good corporate governance.”
A spokesperson for the company, which owns and operates more than 100 clothing stores across Ireland, said that it had “taken the precautionary measures” to avoid disruption to its business, adding that the company was “aware of the potential impact” on its customers.
“We are in the process of conducting an assessment of the situation, and will update our customers as soon as we have a clear indication of the extent of the damage,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesman for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said that the Department was aware of the matter and that the department was providing consular assistance to those affected.
“As we have been advised, the Department of Finance is in close contact with the Department and the authorities in the region, and is assessing the situation and taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff,” he said.
“Any such action will be communicated to the appropriate authorities.