Varadkar's legal threat to Apple on €13bn tax bill
Ohhhh ... not all is well between iRELAND & APPLE it seems. Now theres one for the books that I wasnt anticipating.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar threatened the Government may take Apple to court over the delay in coughing up €13bn in back taxes demanded by the European Commission.
Brussels has already referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to collect the money more than a year after the technology giant was ordered to pay up.
The Government and Apple have consistently insisted the tax was never owed, and both have appealed the controversial ruling. It has said officials have been working on establishing an escrow fund to house the money once the final amount is calculated.
But Mr Varadkar upped the ante yesterday as he appeared to cast blame for the delay on to Apple. Suggesting a strain in relations between the Government and one of the country's biggest employers, the Taoiseach said the Government didn't want to be in the position where it would have to take legal action against Apple.
So at the moment Ireland and Apple are going up against the European Commission in the ECJ while Ireland and the European Commission could be going up against Apple ..