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The Apple tax ruling and the implications for its Irish operations

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The Apple tax ruling is an extraordinary multi-faceted and many layered story, with implications regionally, nationally, internationally. The announcement that the amount of unpaid taxes owed by the Cupertino based company was of the order of €13bn, likely induced sharp intakes of breath among foreign multinational executives here. But regardless of the rights and wrongs of the situation, what does it all mean for Apple’s operations in Ireland, for the tech industry here, and the …

Re-launching the single market

The “re-launch” of the EU single market by the European Commission was quite a damp squib – rather surprisingly, as the single market is supposed to be the big idea that drives much EU action. That big idea has been less of an energising factor over the last decade, partly because people have gotten used to it, partly because new technologies and industries have grown up and need a legal framework that accommodates them to the single market concept. As …