Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ireland has no choice but to appeal the EU ruling on Apple's tax affairs

Apple's CEO Tim Cook Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Jarndyce and Jarndyce springs to mind at the vista of Apple's tax case going before the European Court of Justice. Yet go before the court it must.

Jarndyce and Jarndyce is the interminable legal proceedings forming the nucleus of the Dickens novel 'Bleak House' - a byword for droning delay. And bleak indeed is the prospect of a lengthy hiatus before clarity is offered regarding Apple and any Apple-esque arrangements between the Irish State and other multinational corporations.

This cannot be left to fester. The European Commission and the Court of Justice have a duty to accelerate the Apple case and need to agree that it will be treated as a priority.

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