“The Irish people cannot afford sweetheart tax deals between our Government and multinational companies.”
Speaking in the wake of the EU Commission ruling that Ireland favoured Apple with illegal state aid in the form of a special tax deal, Sinn Féin MEP called on both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to come clean on similar sweetheart deals for other multinatonal companies.
“I welcome the ruling from the European Commission that rightly found that Apple owes €13billion, plus interest, in back taxes to the Irish state. It beggars belief that the Government, supported by Fianna Fáil will appeal this ruling, at a huge cost to the ordinary Irish taxpayer.
“While Irish people have been subject to tax increases, stealth taxes and cuts to services and capital spending, the world's wealthiest company has been given special treatment. In the wake of this morning's ruling Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must come clean on similar sweetheart deals made by successive Governments with other multinational companies.
“I have already asked the Commission if they have begun looking into whether other companies have been granted such deals and I believe that now is the time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to be honest with the Irish people in whose name they forfeited billions of euros of income. “