Ireland remains in EU’s crosshairs despite Apple win
Paul Gallagher, the State’s Attorney General during the depths of the financial crisis, has had a busy time getting back up to speed since Taoiseach Micheál Martin picked him a little over two weeks’ ago for a second stint in office.
But there was one dossier that didn’t require much reading in: the Apple file.
The Tralee native, who advised the last Fianna Fáil-led administration from the dying days of the Celtic Tiger era in 2007, through the subsequent economic collapse and Troika bailout, picked up a number of gigs representing the State after returning to private practice following the 2011 general election.
None was more important than his role on the legal team assembled to fight the Republic’s legal appeal after the European Commission decided four years ago that Apple had received €13.1 billion of illegal state aid through a “sweetheart” tax deal that gave it an unfair advantage over other companies.
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