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Apple claimed it was singled out as a convenient target. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

1980: Apple sets up a manufacturing centre in Cork. 1991: Ireland granted first “tax ruling” to Apple, according to the EU, to determine what profits(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday she had referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover some €13 billion in illegal state aid from Apple. Photograph: EPA

So, Apple’s Irish tax affairs are in the news again. How long has this been going on for? More than four years. The Irish tax affairs of Apple, which(...)

The Government is appealing the European Commission’s ruling on its Irish tax position. Photograph: Reuters

“The Maxforce” is the European Union team that ordered the State to collect billions of euros in back taxes from Apple, rattled the Government, and sp(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings, announcing that the Cabinet had agreed to appeal the €13 billion Apple tax decision. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The drum beats from Brussels grew louder last week, as officials and ministers trailed back to the office after the holidays. A final ruling in the (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook in Dublin last November. He unveiled plans to add 1,000  jobs and  said the EU investigation would not affect Irish operations. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

1980: Apple sets up a manufacturing centre in Cork. 1991: Ireland granted first “tax ruling” to Apple, according to the EU, to determine what profits(...)

The EU Commission is  saying Ireland offered Apple a deal that was overly generous and not on offer to other companies. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission has issued its final decision on the way Apple paid tax in Ireland, saying that the US multinational received illegal State ai(...)

Ireland will have to act wisely, observing which way the wind is blowing, measuring its response, and all the while seeking to preserve the benefits of its vital foreign direct investment sector

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing in relation to the taxation of multinationals. Whether it’s Margaret Hodge in Westmi(...)

President Barack Obama Last year he singled out Ireland for criticism, saying some US firms had “magically” become Irish through takeovers

Closing the “Double Irish” tax loophole was “more than overdue” and must be followed by further actions, one of the US Congress’s most vocal critics (...)

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: “We consider the Luxembourg leaks as market information. We will examine it and evaluate whether or not this will lead us to opening new cases.” Photographer: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

A new leak of confidential documents expands the list of big companies seeking secret tax deals in Luxembourg, exposing tax-saving manoeuvers by Ameri(...)

Jacques Gabillon, head of the global commodities principal investments group at Goldman Sachs Group, swears in to a Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations hearing in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs took the lead today in rejecting allegations by a powerful US Senate subcommittee that Wall Street banks were exploiting physical com(...)

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