Apple: The sum of all fears

The €13 sum unsighted the government and unsettled the more maverick members of the cabinet

4th September, 2016

Can you put a price on industrial policy? If the past week is anything to go by, it seems that €13 billion is a pretty good place to start. Since 2014, when Europe first published its case against Ireland, it has been an open secret that the European Commission would rule against Ireland’s tax arrangements with Apple.

Indeed, it has been government policy to appeal the decision quickly, in order to safeguard our industrial...

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