Ireland can't be 'free rider', says influential MEP

Philippe Lamberts is a member of the European Parliament's powerful Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, which is expected to raise the issue of Ireland's corporate tax arrangements when it visits the Dáil this week

24th January, 2018
Ireland can't be 'free rider', says influential MEP
Leo Varadkar was tackled by Green MEP Philippe Lamberts at the European Parliament. Pic: Getty

A leading MEP has warned that that Ireland cannot continue to be a 'free rider' on European business due to its corporation tax regime.

"We don't want to deprive Ireland of economic development, certainly not. But we also don't want Ireland to basically be a free rider on European business. We need to find a balance there," he said.

"If we agree on taxation, Apple has no choice but to accept it," he said.

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