Sunday 22 October 2017

Varadkar: Making unpopular decisions isn't great craic

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE Government doesn’t make unpopular decisions "because we think it's great craic”, according to Leo Varadkar.

The Social Protection Minister today spoke about last week’s row in Cabinet over the Apple findings that almost led to the departure of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone.

Mr Varadkar said the matter proved to be a “learning curve” for the partnership government.

And he insisted unpopular decisions are not taken for the sake of it.

“We don’t make unpopular decisions for the sake of it, or because we think it’s great craic. We make unpopular decisions because they are the right things to do in the long-term,” Mr Varadkar said.

The comments come as the Dáil prepares to debate the European Commission’s ruling that Apple was given a sweetheart deal worth €13bn by Revenue.

Mr Varadkar said he does not know of other companies who were offered a similar deal. But he said he would not be surprised if such arrangements existed.

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