Wednesday 23 August 2017

Apple in Ireland is a major employer and not just an empty shell

European Commissioner Margrethe Vestage Photo: Eric Vidal/Reuters
European Commissioner Margrethe Vestage Photo: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Micheál Martin

I understand that many people look at Tuesday's ruling on Apple's tax liabilities and wonder why we don't try to just 'take the money and run'. This is exactly what the Commission intended when it issued statements intended to manipulate public opinion, rather than give a detached and fair judgment free of spin.

The Commission's claims simply can't be taken at face value. It clearly wanted people to believe that there is a big pot of cost-free money to be collected from a dastardly foreign corporation.

Yet the announcement did not contain any legal justification for the claim that Ireland has acted illegally. It also falsely sought to present Apple in Ireland as an empty shell, rather than what it is; a major employer and our single largest taxpayer.

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