Apple: Forbidden fruit for the government
An uncomfortable week for Enda Kenny’s administration as his ministers tried to explain to the public why they didn’t want the €13 billion tax windfall from Apple
Kevin O’Malley, the US ambassador to Ireland, was getting agitated as he jogged around the Phoenix Park last Tuesday. He was listening in his headphones to the radio coverage of Apple’s €13 billion tax bill.
“I heard the words ‘tax cheat’ and ‘tax haven’ far too often,” he said.
It led O’Malley to tear up his pre-planned speech on Irish-American relations for a dinner organised...
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