Apple’s bitter aftertaste

Apple’s bitter aftertaste

For years, the trade-off between Ireland and Apple was a simple one: an educated workforce and low taxes in return for jobs and tax revenue. But in a changing world, the relationship is under new pressures

For almost four decades, the relationship between the state and just one company has defined and represented modern Ireland. Apple came to Ireland when this country was on its knees. It came for cheap labour and low taxes. In return, Ireland got jobs and vital tax revenue. It has grown to be one of the country’s most important employers, and one of our biggest sources of corporate tax revenue. It was, perhaps, the best example of Ireland’s industrial policy working as intended.

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