Apple or Anglo?

Attracting foreign companies to Ireland has done us a lot of good. Apple or Anglo Irish Bank, who would you choose?

We have to appeal the European Commission ruling for many reasons.

If we don’t Apple could sue us anyway.

Apple have paid tax based on the revenue generated within Ireland. They haven’t paid tax on the revenue everywhere else in the world. It’s not our job to police that.

We need a global tax arrangement that ensures fair taxes are paid and the most straight forward and fairest way is for tax to be charged where revenue is generated.

We are so lucky to have so many foreign companies here, not just for jobs and revenue but for outlook.

Shaking off our small island mentality and addressing the globe is how we have managed to support ourselves.

Michael Noonan for all of his faults is thinking long term and long term thinking is something we are embarrassingly bad at here.

I love the way the independents are using this as an opportunity to make certain tax rulings clear.

Far from seeing this as a crisis, I see it as a great opportunity.

We are learning how to be governed not just by conservatives but by grand coalitions. Imagine if the left started getting involved rather than bang on about the negatives all the time?

Imagine if the left started getting involved rather than bang on about the negatives all the time?

This has made ‘front page news’ all around the world and that’s no bad thing. Right now we are on the minds of those who want to make things happen.

I don’t think business is the solution to all but it’s a vital component.

Trade is why we first left our villages and the fastest way to make connections. Leisure comes after.

Apple and their ilk know they will have to pay more tax than in the past. The European Commission’s ruling won’t result in Apple paying €14bn to Ireland but it will help move the narrative along.

We’ll all get there together.

Bit by bit.

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