How Do You Like Them Apples



Ah here.

This afternoon.

Fine Gael HQ, Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Earlier: This Is Not Complicated

What The Minister Said Was Utter Balderdash”

Anne Marie McNally on Wednesday on Apple

Thanks Jan Quadrant Vincent and Ronan Emmet

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50 thoughts on “How Do You Like Them Apples

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Here Bodger, put this one away for future use ‘Rotten To The Core’.
        You’re welcome.

  1. jonotti

    I cannot believe the volume of morons screaming about Noonan turning the down the cash for hospitals and the homeless. He’s clearly doing what is best for Ireland. If Paul Murphy and his ilk were in control for the past 30 years then we would be a third world country. Companies like Apple would even consider Ireland.

    1. realPolithicks

      “He’s clearly doing what is best for Ireland”

      Really, millions of people don’t see it that way.

      1. rotide

        Millions of people aren’t economists either.

        Not saying who’s right and who’s wrong but this whole thing is obviously more nuanced than some people want to make it out to be.

        1. Nigel

          I think people might be rightly suspicious of ‘nuance’ conflating, it with ‘needlessly and deliberately and underhandedly complicated.’ Just one more form of corruption that the taxpayers end up footing the bill for. Either way there’s nothing ‘clearly’ about any of this.

        2. Eliot Rosewater

          Economists are also divided on the rights and wrongs of the situation. The general population aren’t necessarily as stupid as you think

          1. jonotti

            It’s wrong but Ireland has benefited massively from it. The pressure from the USA and the EU has been mounting and the party is possiblly over. Say good buy to tech in Dublin if that is the case.

          2. Johnad

            Not necessarily. 12.5% tax is still a great deal for any company. Just charge what our own laws say.

    2. Daisy Chainsaw

      What benefit is the likes of Apple to us? Their workers pay PAYE, USC, PRSI, property tax etc, at extortionate national rates on their incomes etc but the parent company pays 0.005% on Billions syphoned through here as a tax dodge. Who, besides Apple, is profiting from this? Taxpayers certainly aren’t.

      1. Waddy Dilson

        Also – If Apple upped sticks and left, that’s six thousand less streams of USE, PAYE, PRSI

    3. Tish Mahorey

      Jonotti, he’s not doing what’s best for Ireland. He’s in the pockets of the merchant banks and big business. Instead of a properly taxed and productive economy, he wants to lease out the Irish people as a product and collect the tax via their salaries and various municipal taxes levied upon them instead of taxing the huge profits of companies like Apple.

      And don’t worry, Paul Murphy will never run Ireland but a more compassionate and citizen centric government of moderates might well run the country.

  2. Vote Rep #1

    FF have played a blinder here. Do the original deal, back the current governments stance, get none of the flak. Amazing scenes.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      And in the meantime check how the shares in their shelf company (so it doesn’t show up on a declaration of interest) are doing.

      Remember, as Bertie said, “Don’t upset the Apple tart.”

  3. jimmy russell

    ugh this is just anti-eu scaremongering by bigoted racists, we need the EU more than we need apple there needs to be MORE integration with Europe, not less, the EU has our best interests at heart

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      You mean Jim The Legistraitor?
      -He deliberately lets the whole country down by not shutting up and bending over.

      This is a very complicated issue.
      Remove your underwear and assume the position…
      – Simple.

  4. Ben Redmond

    Be careful when biting apples at this time of the year – there may be lurking wasps, which like to sting before they die.

  5. Fatman Scoop

    This is vandalism and the perpetrators should be rounded up by the guards in dawn raids and face trial for intimidation

  6. Realist

    Hate to burst your bubble but give it five minutes and the countries who are actually owed this money will be applying for their share of that 13bn. We’ll only get the amount that relates to products sold in Ireland which will be an an absolute pittance compared to the rest. We’re way better off appealing this!

    1. Bob

      They can apply for their share, but that doesn’t mean we have to pay them. Deals were set up for them to be paid certain amounts at certain times. They’d have to broker new deals to get this money.

  7. :-Joe

    A cunning stunt indeed….

    It’s missing something though…

    A few dead homeless children and maybe a Bertie-bot stammering and exclaiming “Some of dem naysayers should just go and kill themselves” while shaking his big dumb empty over-sized fathead from side to side…


  8. Cop On

    Perhaps Noonan and Co can each stitch on a pair and pretend they’re balls.

    Before the homeless have to eat them, of course.

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