Sunday February 23, 2020

Ian Kehoe: Apple got the sweetheart deal, and so did others

This newspaper exposed Ireland’s sweetheart deal with Apple in 2013. Now is the time for the state to come clean

4th September, 2016
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc Pic: Getty

There are certain truths here, and they need to be acknowledged. Ireland gave one of the world’s most profitable companies a sweetheart deal that helped it slash its tax bill by billions of dollars over a 25-year period. More recently, we facilitated a titan of global commerce to avoid tax at a time when the country was bankrupt and ordinary companies and taxpayers endured severe austerity.

In return, we got jobs and investment,...

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