Ireland is not a tax haven, Leo Varadkar says

Taoiseach tells Thanksgiving gathering that corporation tax rate will not change, takes issue with US rumblings over trade deficit with Republic

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar,American Chamber of Commerce Ireland president James O’Connor and Bryan Bourke, managing partner of William Fry giving former Irish ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson a standing ovation as she received a lifetime achievement award at the chamber’s Thanksgiving lunch at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar,American Chamber of Commerce Ireland president James O’Connor and Bryan Bourke, managing partner of William Fry giving former Irish ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson a standing ovation as she received a lifetime achievement award at the chamber’s Thanksgiving lunch at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Ireland is not a tax haven, nor does it want to be one, nor does it want to look like one, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Thanksgiving Day lunch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

Addressing 800 executives from US multinationals based in Ireland, he said the State offered more certainty than most others on the issue of corporation tax – the rate would not be going up and it would not be going down.

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