Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ireland has no choice but to appeal the EU ruling on Apple's tax affairs

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

Apple's CEO Tim Cook Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Jarndyce and Jarndyce springs to mind at the vista of Apple's tax case going before the European Court of Justice. Yet go before the court it must.

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Jarndyce and Jarndyce is the interminable legal proceedings forming the nucleus of the Dickens novel 'Bleak House' - a byword for droning delay. And bleak indeed is the prospect of a lengthy hiatus before clarity is offered regarding Apple and any Apple-esque arrangements between the Irish State and other multinational corporations.

This cannot be left to fester. The European Commission and the Court of Justice have a duty to accelerate the Apple case and need to agree that it will be treated as a priority.

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