Matt Cooper: The fallout for Ireland from Applegate

Matt Cooper: The fallout for Ireland from Applegate
Apples campus in Cork: Ireland is collateral damage in the war between the tech giant and the EU Picture: Paul Faith/Getty

Ten points to consider as the smoke clears

While we have been obsessed, understandably, with the consequences for Ireland, this is a war between the European Commission and Apple, first and foremost – with Apple almost serving as a test case quasi-proxy for the multinational sector as a whole. Ireland is the third party, but our government has done something quite remarkable in response, which deserves greater comment than has been made in recent days: Ireland has aligned itself firmly with Apple, even though we are a member state of the European Union that the commission represents. It’s almost ironic that a country that proudly declares its military neutrality has picked one side so firmly in what is effectively an economic war – and, in doing so, has picked the side of which it is not part.

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