Tuesday 25 July 2017

John Drennan: Sarkozy conned TDs over Lisbon and business tax

Notes of meeting reveal scale of French perfidy

John Drennan

John Drennan

THE growing political and diplomatic rift between Ireland and France is likely to be accentuated by the discovery of a set of notes made by Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins of a private meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and top-level Irish politicians before the Lisbon II referendum.

The previously cordial relations between Ireland and France reached a new low last week as the Taoiseach indirectly accused the French of behaving in an "unfair" manner over Irish corporation tax.

In the Dail, Michael Noonan warned the French that he would not be "waltzed" into a deal where "the heart and soul" of Irish industrial policy would be dismantled for the sake of €150m.

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