Thursday May 28, 2020

State rejects Vodafone’s request for multimillion euro tax relief

Mobile operator boss requested meeting with Paschal Donohoe to discuss relief for airwaves licences

Killian Woods

Business reporter

17th March, 2019

State finance officials have rebuffed Vodafone’s plea for multimillion-euro tax relief on mobile services auctions.

Last year, Vodafone Ireland boss Anne O’Leary requested a meeting with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to discuss tax relief for spectrum licences – the airwaves used to carry mobile signals.

In 2017, five mobile operators agreed to pay €78 million for 15-year licences following a competitive auction process. Under the arrangement, Vodafone will pay €23 million...

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