Ireland faces ECJ over failure to collect Apple’s €13bn tax bill

Commission says Government dragging feet in collection of back taxes

The European Commission has moved to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover up to €13 billion of illegal state aid from Apple. Photograph:  Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has moved to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover up to €13 billion of illegal state aid from Apple. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has moved to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to recover up to €13 billion of illegal state aid from Apple, which may ultimately lead to a fine.

The decision has triggered a strong reaction from the Government in Dublin.

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