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Apple 'win' was a boon but our war with EU on taxes isn't over

John Downing


   

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Just for once the timing favoured Micheál Martin's ill-starred three-legged Coalition.   There was intense relief in news at breakfast time on Wednesday that the lower EU court overturned a 2016 Commission ruling that the giant tech firm Apple owed €13bn in back taxes due to favourable Irish tax treatment.

The timing meant it also filled a chunk of the news agenda dominated by the sacking of embattled Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen. By evening bad news on the "real Irish question" - just where can you get a drink? - further crowded out the Cowen story.

For Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe this was total vindication. "Much of the criticism levelled at Ireland in relation to how we have handled the taxation matter has been given a very comprehensive answer today," Mr Donohoe said that afternoon.