EU Commission to issue findings against Ireland tomorrow on 'sweetheart deals'

The opposition is divided over whether the State should immediately appeal any ruling against it over Apple's tax affairs.

It is reported now that the European Commission will issue its findings against Ireland tomorrow, accusing it of so-called 'sweetheart' deals with the tax giant.

The Government and Fianna Fáil want to appeal the ruling straight away, but Sinn Féin and the Anti-Austerity Alliance say the government should take the money.

TD Paul Murphy says other companies have probably also benefitted in the same way as Apple: "It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest, if it is not just Apple that benefitted not just from the 12.5% , not just the normal ways of getting around it, that the corporations have, but other secret deals.

"We know that elements of Google and Facebook operations in Ireland have paid less than 1% tax on profits."

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