Talking tax

Taoiseach: I can't say if G8 leaders will raise Ireland's tax regime

Enda Kenny said recent criticism of Ireland’s tax regime did not come up in his discussions with G8 leaders yesterday.

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has defended Ireland’s tax regime in the wake of recent and high-profile criticism of it by US polticians as he insisted the matter had not been raised with him in discussions with G8 leaders yesterday.

Kenny admitted he could not say whether the leaders will speak about Ireland’s tax structures in discussions today but said that Ireland had “absolutely nothing to hide”.

Kenny met with the G8 leaders in Lough Erne yesterday where discussions on a proposed EU-US trade deal topped the agenda. Asked afterwards if Ireland’s tax structures were raised he said they had not been.

G8 leaders are set to focus more closely on taxation in discussions today with the aim being to reach a consensus on greater sharing of information between countries.

Kenny added that Ireland had been at the forefront of a number of measures aimed at sharing taxation information with other countries. Watch what the Taoiseach had to say in the video above.

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