The balance of power between Amazon and Ireland

Ireland can't simply roll over when multinationals make demands, but we should listen to genuine concerns

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Ian Kehoe

5th October, 2017
Amazon told government it could treble Irish workforce. Pic: Getty

The e-commerce giant also criticised the government for its lack of a ‘cloud first’ approach from the public sector. Internal government papers said that Amazon “viewed that as an indicator that government is not fully supportive of [the] digital economy/workplace of the future”.

So just what should we make of Amazon’s stance? Is it a case of a multinational effectively holding a government to ransom with the promise of highly-paid...

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