The Fairest Of Them All



This morning.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Emily Duffy (as Snow White) with an open letter signed By 10,698 people on behalf of campaigning group Uplift. To wit:

Dear Minister Noonan

Everyone has to pay their tax and that includes Apple, one of the world’s most wealthy corporations. When they’re allowed to avoid paying their tax bill, we all suffer.

As the Minister for Finance you have a duty to protect and safeguard the interests of every man, woman and child in Ireland. You claim you do not have enough money in the public exchequer to ensure quality healthcare for everyone; to properly resource our schools and universities; to ensure every worker has a living wage, to end homelessness. Apple’s tax bill would go a long way to solving these problems.

We, the undersigned, remind you that you have a choice and an opportunity to stand up for the people of Ireland over the interests of Apple. We call on you to not appeal the decision that Apple owes Ireland €13 billion. Don’t stand in the way of Apple paying what they owe.


Earlier: Apple Green


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25 thoughts on “The Fairest Of Them All

  1. Murtles

    But haven’t we been told that even if the madness of the EU prevails (i.e. telling us how to operate our tax affairs even though every country is meant to have autonomy over their own taxes) and Apple folds under pressure to pay the tax, that €13 billion will just go back into the big black debt hole, so we’ll only owe €191 billion then.

    No new hospitals, no new houses, no €2,985 tax rebate for all.

    1. Anomanomanom

      Thats not true, we can spend it on what we want. But fupp the Eu trying to demand we do what they say. If we want to allow every company pay 0% we should be allowed.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      I’m sure that comment you made with your keyboard will resonate with all 10,000 of them and they’ll immediately look at themselves and change their ways.

      1. Anomanomanom

        No they wont, but the very few people who see my comment or responed to it actually read the comment. They dont just ckick,click,click away on every bullpoo petition online.

          1. kellma

            it will therefore be interesting to see how many turn up.. did we even hit 10000 for a water rates protest?

  2. Isallimsaying

    Given …
    that the European Commission decision questions whether all the €13 billion is actually due to Ireland – saying other European countries or even the US might stake a claim – it is unclear whether Ireland will ever see some, or all, of the cash

    1. Increasing Displacement


      Taking it would be like kicking yourself in the face and having no one look on to laugh

  3. rory

    If we were to be fully ethical about this, should we not give the tax money back to the countries that Apple originally avoided to pay tax in through the double Irish loophole (i.e. America)?
    It would be less than the amount that those countries would have taxed Apple, but wouldn’t it be the best we could do.

  4. Jake38

    Its hard to see this money ever going to anyone, but if it does I have no doubt it will be the countries in which it should have been paid, not here.

    (I presume Uplift are the usual suspects?)

  5. gav

    Prime Time summed it up best… it’s like an episode of Father Ted:

    Apple: Billions of Euro resting in it’s Irish accounts
    Irish government: We’re grand for tax, thanks all the same
    European commission: Go on, go on, take 13 billion Euro

    1. Kieran NYC

      Those untaxed profits were earned on sales in other European countries. If those European countries want the money, they should collect it themselves, rather than throw Ireland under the bus and use us as tax collectors for the continent.

      1. Deluded

        The sales were registered in Ireland, how could others collect the tax?
        “… throw Ireland under the bus” – c’mon, that’s not a rational assessment of this exposé.

        1. Mike

          The same way they collect their VAT. Are you suggesting that Ireland gets to keep all the VAT from goods sold to Europe through Ireland?

  6. veritas

    whatever the amount of the tax due to ireland we should tell any other country who feel they are owed money by Apple to go and collect it themselves. If they want us to collect it charge them a hefty collectiontion fee.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      I’m going to take a guess here and say that most EU countries where Apple products are sold probably have a sales tax and property tax. We’re talking about corporation tax here. Their HQ is here so WE are obliged to collect it.

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