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    Ireland as a Tax Haven

    Ireland as a Tax Haven

    “It’s a country with very high levels of unemployment, with incomes falling and households with massive personal debt, a country  that is effectively evicting a whole generation of its  people and it’s a tax haven. I think there ‘s a lot of spin going on about Ireland.” The comments there of economist Ann Pettifor from Prime Economics in London who clearly thinks we ,in this country aren’t out of the woods yet, from an economic point of view.  Ann Pettifor joined Sean from London and here in studio was Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue.
    Tax Havens

    Tax Havens

    Reports in the Financial Times this morning suggest further investigation – this time from Brussels – into Irish tax deals with major international companies. Following on from the American Senate’s comments earlier this year, it now appears that Europe’s top competition authority has asked the government to explain our tax rules and give details of tax assurances given to several companies, including Apple and Starbucks. Sean was joined by Richard Murphy, Director of Tax Research UK; Fergal O’Rourke, Head of Tax at PriceWaterHouse Coopers Ireland and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for European Affairs.


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