Designs on A creative nation

Designs  on  A creative  nation
Paula Rowan, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2: ‘It takes seven years to train a glove-maker’ Picture: Feargal Ward

Under-investment in Ireland’s craft and design industry has left it struggling. Now a new strategy hopes to change all that.

First, a little test. Visualise your wardrobe and count how many pieces of clothing in it have been imagined, designed or made in Ireland. Next, open your fridge and apply the same test to the items therein. Do the figures tally?

Forty years of savvy government investment in and marketing of the Irish food industry, both at home and internationally, has created a thriving food and drinks market, with exports topping €10 billion last year....

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