Tuesday 6 December 2016

The Government must learn lessons from the Apple debacle

Published 05/09/2016 | 02:30

European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager explains her ruling at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AP
European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager explains her ruling at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AP

It is five weeks to Budget Day. And suddenly the assumption that those spending and tax plans for 2017 will pass without incident is not looking so secure.

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The past week showed that this hybrid minority Coalition, led by Fine Gael and underwritten by tolerance from Fianna Fáil, is very shaky indeed. In summary, some of the Independent ministers have yet to take on board the harsh reality that Government is about taking difficult decisions and then living with them.

On the other side of things, Fine Gael has to make more of a leap of faith and communicate better with the Independents. In retrospect it was very high-handed to arrive to Cabinet last Wednesday, one day after a bombshell ruling from the European Commission, and expect the Independent ministers to automatically sign up to the idea of lodging an appeal to the EU Court of Justice.

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