Core Principles


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This afternoon.

Department of Finance, Merrion Road Street , Dublin

Members of the Debt and Development Coalition calling on the government to make its tax deals with multinationals clear. They claim that the rate of corporate tax Apple and other companies are paying is far lower than it should be.


(Eamonn Farrell/

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19 thoughts on “Core Principles

  1. Simon

    Do these people maybe not realise that the only reason that Apple etc are in your country is because of that low tax-rate?

    1. Nessy

      I fixed your sentence..

      Do these people maybe not realise that the only reason that *exploitation* etc are in your country is because of that low tax-rate?

      1. Colin

        Google employ 2500 people in Dublin. If they all earned €32,000 (Which they don’t, many would earn a good deal more, some a shade less) that’s a €80,000,000 pay bill, of which at least €16,000,000 is going to goverment coffers as income tax per year. That’s before those employee’s spend their money and contribute to the economy.

        Now, you run these multinationals out of the country, what do you have left? We have ZERO industry in Ireland that could possibly support the IT workforce we have cultivated over many years and cannot possibly compete against the likes of India or the US in terms of cost and expertise.

        We’re on the gravy train when it comes to employment and opportunity in this country when it comes to IT. People need to wake up and understand the ONLY thing that is keeping these companies here is the tax system. All these companies could wind up their operations in 6 months or less if they needed to, and the second their is a whisper of this occurring I’m leaving as Ireland will nose dive harder than 2008.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    If their campaign is aimed at several corporations then they look biased, and indeed begrudging, by their targeting of one brand in particular.

    1. Nessy

      I think it’s because that brand in particular owes the Irish exchequer about 18 Billion euro in back taxes, but our government are saying “it’s grand, don’t bother paying us back a cent you owe, our own citizens will make up the shortfall..”

  3. Neilo

    Protesting’s an important liberty in a civil society and this is a nice way to make a point that I don’t particularly share, but the best of luck to them.

  4. Sian

    This stunt marked the release of a report: “Corporate tax secrecy and the state: the Apple case in Ireland”. It uses Apple as a case study to highlight tax deals between multinationals and Revenue, which are not in the public domain, and tax loopholes, whereby multinationals pay far less than the already low corporate tax rate. Apple pays less than 2% corporate tax in Ireland.

    The reason Apple was chosen is because in 2014, the European Commission announced it would conduct investigations in whether or not state aid had been granted through secretive tax deals, in contravention of EU rules, in the case of Apple in Ireland.

    You can read the report here:

  5. Bingo

    Don’t their employees pay tax?
    Buy/rent houses.
    Paid for products and services in Ireland?

    So yeah, run the whole lot outta town.
    That’ll learn ’em.

    1. manolo

      …or, alternatively, just turn a blind eye to potentially unethical practices, which, in itself, is another unethical behaviour.

  6. SusanTheSilent

    Oh puleeze, the Department of Finance is on Merrion Street, not Merrion Road. Merrion Street is in Dublin 2, Merrion Road is in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

    Close, but no cigar!

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