Apple simply applied Irish tax laws at the time - any company could have secured the same kind of deal
The EU Commission's decision that Ireland must collect €13bn in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the European Commission is widely supported.
The key question is whether Apple was given selective aid and, if so, if this breached EU competition rules.
It is therefore important to say that the Irish Government never "selected" Apple for subsidy.