Sunday 15 September 2019

The Floating Voter Podcast: Fine Gael’s thousands, budget millions and Apple billions

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

With the Budget just days away this week’s Floating Voter looks at whether Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are on a collision course. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has just €350m to play around with but Niall O’Connor believes he has created great expectations.

At the same he is in trouble with the EU for not trying hard enough to collect the €13bn owed by Apple in back taxes. The Government argues it’s not our money to collect because we didn’t give the tech giant any State aid – but Philip Ryan argues we should just give up the battle and admit to being a tax haven.

Fresh from Strasbourg, Shona Murray gives the European perspective and suggests EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s attack on Ireland is all part of a plan to boost her own career prospects.

Meanwhile back in Dublin Kevin Doyle was asked to leave a Fine Gael fundraiser in Shelboure hotel earlier this week but still managed to obtain a recording of airline boss Willie Walsh telling an audience including the Tánaiste and Attorney General that he’s “sh*ting” himself over Ryanair’s pilot problems.

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