Ireland's textile and clothing industries are robustly shaking off their image as a 'sunset industry', and should have a profitable future if they face their global challenges confidently and aggressively. This was the vision for the future presented at the first all-Ireland textiles and apparel conference held last week at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. A dynamic range of international speakers from Ireland, the UK, the USA and Europe challenged, provoked and revealed the way forward for the sector - but acknowledged that there was more pain ahead in terms of job losses.