Saturday 20 January 2018

Irish Ambassador slams 'snide' Telegraph article that suggests Ireland's corporation tax 'only thing keeping it economically viable'

Daniel Mulhall
Daniel Mulhall
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Ireland's Ambassador to Britain has slammed an article in the Daily Telegraph that reports "it won’t be too long before Ireland wants to leave the EU as well".

The Saturday piece by columnist Simon Heffer entitled 'The British people knew what they were doing by voting for Brexit, Mr Blair' also suggests that the corporation tax rate in Ireland "is just about the only thing keeping it economically viable".

Daniel Mulhall expressed his dismay at the staunch Brexiteer's work on Twitter on Sunday.

"Not impressed at snide comments of Simon Heffer," he wrote.

"There's lots going for Irish economy other than 12.5pc tax. Highly-educated, hard-working population, location within EU.

"Compare Ireland's economic performance 1922-73 with 1973-2017. Demonstrates the value of EU membership for a country like ours," he added.

Read more: Tony Blair launches campaign to persuade Britain to remain in EU

Heffer's article, which begins with a reflection on Tony Blair's critical speech last week, said that we are "fretting about the nature of the border between the republic and the North after Brexit".

"It is scaremongering to say a “hard border” would revive terrorism; terrorism in Ireland has never died, and there is no link between it and new border controls."

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