Tensions mount over Apple data centre

Varadkar blames Apple for delays in the collection of €13 billion in back taxes

23rd November, 2017
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Apple agreed to continue considering the Athenry site only “in the context of their future business plans”, according to Varadkar, leaving him open to political embarrassment back home. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Up until about 4.15 pm on Tuesday, it was impossible to place a cigarette paper between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Apple chief executive Tim Cook, as they united to fight Europe’s contention that the government had granted the iPhone maker a sweetheart tax deal.

That alliance began to fray this week, as Varadkar appeared to blame Apple for delays in the collection of about €13 billion in back taxes Ireland has been ordered to...

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