Wednesday February 26, 2020

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

4th September, 2016
Paschal Donohoe and Michael Noonan at Government Buildings Picture: Fergal Phillips

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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