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Sinn Féin's new billboard says Fine Gael is 'playing for the wrong team' over Apple

The party is having a pop at the government over the Apple tax appeal.

PastedImage-42832 Source: Twitter/Sinn Féin

SINN FÉIN HAS accused Fine Gael of “playing for the wrong team” with the government’s decision to appeal the Apple tax ruling.

Three of the party’s representatives launched a new billboard outside Leinster House this morning.

The poster suggests that the government has given greater weight to Apple’s interests than Ireland’s.

After yesterday’s lengthy debate, the Dáil voted by 93 votes to 36 to appeal the ruling by the European Commission that the tech giant should pay €13 billion in back taxes.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday that the ruling is “so proudly wrong” that the government was forced to appeal it.

But speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s billboard today, Pearse Doherty TD says that Apple CEO Tim Cook has himself stated under oath to a US Senate committee that the multinational negotiated a special deal with Ireland:

This all happened as a result of Apple themselves saying they had a tax incentive deal with Ireland. Sworn testimony by the CEO of Apple Tim Cook, the head of their tax affairs, saying that negotiate a tax rate which calculated Apple’s tax at 2%.

Read: The Taoiseach went on the US news to defend the Apple tax appeal >

Read: Other countries can take a slice of Apple’s €13bn Irish tax bill and it’s confusing the government >

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