Wednesday 20 September 2017

Kenny rolls the dice on 'sweet' tax deal in risky game with very high stakes

Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey outside his Abbeville mansion, which was designed by James Gandon.
Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey outside his Abbeville mansion, which was designed by James Gandon.
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

THE Government has played a high-stakes game from day one when it comes to the threat posed by this European Commission probe.

As the US Senate examined Apple's tax affairs in huge detail last year, Enda Kenny told anybody who would listen that there had been no special deal between Apple and the State.

The problem with that denial is that it related back to talks held in 1991 when Charlie Haughey ruled the country and deals of all kinds were made behind closed doors. Kenny is betting on Haughey. Anybody who was an adult back then will remember that Ireland was a very strange place indeed under the late Fianna Fail Taoiseach. The sort of place where a murderer could be found living in a flat belonging to the attorney general. It is not impossible to believe that there was some sort of special deal.

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