Irish Voters Support Appeal of Apple Tax Ruling: Poll

Nearly half of Irish voters say the government has done the right thing by appealing the European Commission’s ruling instructing the iPhone maker to repay $18.9billion CAD in back taxes to Ireland, reports the Irish Times.

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll results released today reveals that Irish voters support the government in its decision. When asked whether the government was right to appeal the ruling, 47% answered with yes, 39% said no, and 14% had no opinion.


The strongest supporters of the appeal are Fine Gael supporters, the poll reveals, with 61% of them favouring the Government’s decision. Gael is seconded by Fianna Fáil supporters, and Labour voters seem to close the circle.

Against the appeal are Sinn Féin voters and supporters of the Independents and smaller parties.

After two years of in-depth investigation, the European Commission handed down a ruling earlier in August ordering Apple to pay up to $18.9 billion (plus interest) in back taxes to the Irish government. The EU Commission concluded that Apple received “illegal tax benefits” between 2003 and 2014, allowing the iPhone maker to pay “an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005% in 2014.”

After the ruling was released, Apple’s Tim Cook reacted immediately with an open letter outlining the potential harmful effects of the ruling and said it will seek justice in court. He also called the Irish government to appeal the ruling, and, after heavy debates behind closed doors, the Irish government ultimately decided to take that step.

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  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    it’s really hard to believe being EIRE a small, tiny EU member state with just about 4.7M people. Considering in addition many non-irish EU communities are living and working in the state and to compensate a well known disease in ireland such as large groups of irish’ having no numeracy nor literacy skills, we can’t really confirm voters in ireland would support gov. decisions for a court appeal. Would irish’ actually understand what a court appeal is all about, and implications when eventually the former European Commission’s ruling confirmed? How many ? give US the digits for how many voters in EIRE would support the appeal, and to compare with several thousands of irish falling in a homeless condition and often affected by severe mental condition. We can’t really confirm the latter individuals being voters anywhere in EU. We can however confirm EIRE with a communist-like gov. keeping population in a ignorant state and to allow current EIRE establishment to maintain power in the little member state and to carry on with non-legit activities at expenses of tax-payers and consumers. DRAFT