“The Taoiseach [prime minister of the Republic of Ireland] dismissed claims the government makes specific deals with Apple or any other multinational companies with regards to its corporation tax rate,” TheJournal.ie reports.
“Discussing his meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier today, Enda Kenny said that Ireland is ‘participating fully’ in EU discussions about its corporate tax rate, and mentioned the issue to him during their meeting,” TheJournal.ie reports. “He said that the country has a legally-based statutory rate of 12.5 per cent that applies to all companies.”
MacDailyNews Take: Full participation. Noting half-arsed about it.
“Kenny didn’t say if it was himself or Cook who brought the subject up, but said that the Apple CEO was ‘exceptionally happy’ with the work the Cork office has done,” TheJournal.ie reports. “Cook addressed staff in the company’s Cork office this morning before he met the Taoiseach… The Hollyhill plant [Hollyhill Industrial Estate in Hollyhill, Cork] employs more than 4,000 people in the office, and was Apple’s first office outside of the US. It’s the assembly point for the MacBook Pro laptop and was previously responsible for Apple’s original iMac machine.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]