Friday 26 May 2017

We must resist France and Germany's ploy of good cop/bad cop

Ireland must protect its core interests in regard to both corporation tax and renewable energy, writes Willie O'Dea

AFTER a week in which we have seen a lot of talk about what happened in the past and some dramatic PR optics designed to suggest some change in the future, I want to bring our focus back again on to issues that may have dramatic consequences for us here and now.

The first is the vital issue of our 12.5 per cent corporation tax. Over the past few weeks, we have seen the German and French finance ministers coming after us with a good cop/bad cop act.

First, we have the bad cop, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, demanding that Ireland provide a significant concession on corporation tax in return for some cut to the interest rate on the State's bailout loans.

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