Tensions mount over Apple data centre

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

23rd November, 2017
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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