The Irish have voted overwhelming to fight the EU for their right to be shafted by a big US multi-national for billions of dollars of tax money.
The government, which was once so desperate for money that it forced its citizens into a number of particularly unpleasant austerity measures says that it does not want Apple to give it the 13 billion euro of unpaid tax.
Ireland’s fragile coalition overcame initial misgivings from independent members of cabinet to join Apple last week in fighting the ruling that Ireland granted state aid to the company through undue and selective tax benefit.
The government insists Ireland did not give favourable tax treatment to Apple, despite the fact that fruity cargo cult only pays .5 per cent tax instead of the 15 per cent that every other company does. It insists that no state aid was provided, and it won a motion to endorse its position in parliament by 93 votes to 36.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said that the picture of Ireland painted by the Commission in its decision, as a country prepared to play fast and loose with the law to gain unfair advantage, could not be more damaging or further from the truth.
“This is not a Commission finding that stands by a small country that has played by the rules. It cannot be allowed to stand.”