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Government inaction on collecting Apple money “sends out terrible message” - Pearse Doherty TD

4 October, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the action taken by the EU to take Ireland to court over its failure to collect the billions owed by Apple “sends out a terrible message” on the Irish Government's inaction to address the issue.

Deputy Doherty said: 

“It’s hardly surprising the EU has run out of patience with the government over the failure to collect the billions owed by Apple. It is over a year since the ruling and not a cent has been collected. 

"This failure sends out a terrible message to both the Irish people and to the EU. Next week, the Minister for Finance will deliver a Budget where he will tell the Irish people that resources are limited and the priority must be to balance the books.

"Yet, he has not put in the effort necessary to collect the billions owed by Apple to the Irish people even if that money can’t be accessed until after an appeal. The difference in approach won’t go unnoticed by taxpayers. 

"Secondly, at a time when Ireland is facing diplomatic pressure on tax issues this failure sends out a message that the State is going to arrogantly ignore rulings it doesn’t like. The perception of Ireland as not playing fair on tax will only be bolstered by this government failure.

"The government need to get their act together and collect what is due. Then, more importantly, they need to drop their appeal before any more than the €3.6m already wasted in fees to lawyers to act against the interests of the Irish people is thrown away.”

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