Tuesday 12 December 2017

We cannot accept this affront to sovereignty

Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke


When you are being hit over the head with a hammer, it is not the most opportune time to indulge in an existential crisis. The slowest of slow political learners must by now appreciate that the EU Commission's finding on Apple is a hammer blow to the State's foreign direct investment policy. They should by now also be aware that this same policy is responsible for 150,000 jobs here.

For such reasons, the agony and anguish being endured by members of the Independent Alliance are difficult to accept. For the past two decades, governments here have followed a strategy that has brought the world's biggest multinationals to Ireland and the country has become the envy of Europe.

Let us not also forget that these same firms yielded incomes totalling €9bn last year.

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