Lorraine Courtney: Simon Coveney’s red-carpet welcome for Chinese fast-fashion giant Shein is a betrayal of our green goals

Trade Minister Simon Coveney cut the ribbon at Shein’s new HQ in Dublin last week with the firm’s head of government relations Leonard Lin

Lorraine Courtney

Why spend a fortune on a well-made jacket when we can buy 10 cheap knockoffs instead? It’s simple economics, even though we all know that we shouldn’t buy clothes that are churned out faster than the latest viral TikTok dance.