Government simply wrong to appeal Apple ruling - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the government is simply wrong to appeal the Apple ruling which returns €13billion of unpaid taxes to the state and that the decision from the cabinet today shows that their priorities lie with big business rather than ordinary Irish citizens.
Teachta McDonald announced that Sinn Féin will organise a protest at Leinster House next Wednesday ahead of the Dáil sitting to debate this issue and said the government must publish the full ruling without any further delay.
“Sinn Féin stands for tax fairness. Everybody, including multi-nationals, should pay their fair share.
“The rate of corporation tax in this state is 12.5%. Apple were found by the EU Commission to have benefitted from a special deal with the Irish state that allowed them to pay a much lower rate. This was ruled to breach competition laws.
“So this is not about the EU trying to encroach on our tax sovereignty. It is about a level playing pitch and ensuring everyone pays their fair share.
“What is truly astonishing is that it has taken a decision against one of the world’s most profitable companies for the government to take a stand against Europe.
“There was no uproar from government when we were saddled with billions of euros of banking debt, nothing when we had a crippling austerity programme imposed on us and nothing again when we democratically voted to get rid of water charges in the recent general election.
“So, in the eyes of the government, it’s ok for extra taxes and charges to be imposed on ordinary citizens but we can’t ask Apple to pay its fair share. This demonstrates the government’s total contempt for ordinary citizens.
“Sinn Féin will oppose the decision to appeal this ruling at every opportunity including at next week’s special Dáil sitting to debate the matter. The full ruling should be published without delay to inform that debate.
“We will also hold a protest at Leinster House ahead of that sitting.
“This should have been straight forward. Everybody has to pay their fair share. It is simply wrong of the government to appeal this decision.”