Wednesday 1 March 2017

Politicians' reactions to Europe's ruling on Apple show who is fit to govern State - and who is not

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

'Learning to dance at Halligan's ball'
'Learning to dance at Halligan's ball'

Like it or not, the European Commission's ruling on Apple's Tax affairs and Ireland has been a defining political event in several ways. It has propelled Ireland's tax law on to the international stage in spectacular fashion by the charge of our State's complicity in tax evasion on a massive scale and prompted a review of our relationship with the European Union. It would be difficult to imagine a more damaging claim against Ireland's reputation. That is why the Government had no choice but to appeal the ruling to the European Courts.

But the affair has been defining in another important way. It has revealed clear blue water between politicians and parties who are, in my view, fit to govern and those who are not.

Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party have given solid support to the Government on the appeal.

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