Tuesday 24 January 2017

Government following same failed policy of denial on Apple

Published 01/09/2016 | 02:30

Finance Minister Michael Noonan Picture: Bloomberg
Finance Minister Michael Noonan Picture: Bloomberg

The decision by the Government to appeal the EU Commission ruling that a tax avoider pay back €13 billion to the Irish taxpayer beggars belief. The justification for the appeal is that the Government needs to defend our reputation.

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Have they learned nothing from the scandals of the banks, Catholic Church, charities, seminaries, and sports associations? All these disgraced institutions tried and failed the same policy of denying there is a problem and fighting everyone who says there is a problem.

In all cases, these institutions damaged their reputation even further when less damage would have been done if they just admitted fault, fixed the problem and moved on.

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