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Sinn Féin publishes Dáil motion on Apple tax ruling

5 September, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure spokesperson David Cullinane TD has published his party’s amendment to this week’s government motion on the Apple tax ruling.

The Sinn Féin motion calls on the government not to appeal the ruling and to recover all payments due to the state.

Speaking from Leinster House this afternoon Teachta Cullinane said;

“It is important to note that, despite government attempts to spin this issue, the ruling from the EU Commission has no affect on Ireland’s corporation tax rate or on Ireland’s right to set that rate.

“Sinn Féin would not stand for any such encroachment on Ireland’s sovereignty.

“What this ruling is about is ensuring a level playing field for everybody.  It is about ensuring all companies pay their fair tax and it is quite clear that Apple were not paying its fair share.

“The Sinn Féin motion, which we are publishing today calls on the government not to appeal the ruling and for all payments due to the state to be recovered.

“We have a situation here today in which 299 patients across the state are waiting on trolleys for a hospital bed and yet the government is planning on spending more taxpayers money in an attempt to reject a €13billion payment that is owed to the state by Apple.  It beggars belief.”


Sinn Féin amendment to government motion:

To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and replace with:

  • Notes the EU Commission decision of the 30th August requiring the State to collect €13 billion plus interest from Apple because it benefitted from illegal State Aid
  • Firmly rejects the Government decision to appeal the decision by the European Commission that Ireland provided unlawful State aid to Apple;
  • Recognises that the ruling has no effect on Ireland’s Corporation Tax rate or on the sole competency of  Ireland in setting that rate.
  • Affirms that our corporation tax regime must be competitive, but also fair and transparent, and that it should remain a core part of our economic policy in relation to foreign direct investment
  • Strongly supports the ongoing work of the OECD and others to tackle aggressive tax planning and harmful tax practices and in combatting the negative impact of tax avoidance on the global economy and the developing world in particular.

Calls on the Government;

  • Not to appeal the decision of the European Commission and to immediately take the appropriate actions to recover all payments due to the State as per the EU Commission decision.

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