Saturday April 4, 2020

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The government has been both aghast and perplexed by the sustained international criticism of Ireland's cosy relationship with multinationals.

8th June, 2013
Joan Burton: using the social welfare budget to help landlords. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Why so surprised, minister?

The government has been both aghast and perplexed by the sustained international criticism of Ireland's cosy relationship with multinationals. But if the 1998 Tax Strategy Group was anything to go by, the government should not have been surprised at all.

The expert group of civil servants advises the government on the implications of any changes to tax policy ahead of the budget. In 1998, it examined the proliferation of Irish-registered non-resident companies,...

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