Saturday 17 November 2018

Adrian Weckler: 'Zuckerberg's company may find it has fewer Government friends than Apple'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: AFP/Getty
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: AFP/Getty
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

If the EU opens a tax probe into Facebook, will Ireland go to bat for the company in the same way it has for Apple?

Coincidentally, the social media giant unveiled ambitious new plans yesterday to employ thousands more people in Dublin at its new campus, the former AIB headquarters site.

Traditionally, the Government has robustly defended the country's largest strategic employers. It is currently appealing the European Commission's €13bn back tax bill handed to Apple, even though the money would go to the taxpayer. It does this for what it believes is a larger, more long-term industrial goal.

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