Sunday 22 October 2017

Apple at least owes us an explanation, if not €13bn

'Apple has a hugely significant presence here.' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
'Apple has a hugely significant presence here.' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Editorial

Editorial

Apple chief executive Tim Cook's decision not to appear in front of the Oireachtas Finance Committee has already angered some, notably members of the committee itself.

Mr Cook had been invited to answer questions on the European Commission's State aid probe into the company, but Apple said that, given the investigation and the timing, the company has been advised not to do anything that "could potentially prejudice future outcomes". To refresh your memory, the commission says Apple owes Ireland €13bn in back taxes, while Ireland and Apple say the money was never owed.

There are solid grounds for thinking Apple's ceo should make himself available to parliamentarians. The people of Ireland have skin in this game, €13bn at least.

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