Governments Apple Barrister Fees Rotten to the Core
Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has condemned the expenditure of €8.4m of taxpayer monies by the government to reward an army of solicitors firms and barristers for their efforts to ensure Apple are allowed to keep their €13 billion in unpaid taxes due to the Irish people.
Tóibín stated: “€3.28 million to William Fry. Over €610’000 to PWC. Over €540’000 to McCann Fitz. Nearly €200’000 to Baker McKenzie. Four individual barristers earned well over €500’000 – Paul Gallagher , Maurice Collins SC , Philip Baker QC , Barry Doherty . These payments are in addition to several more sizable payments being made to barristers and solicitors firms who also assisted on the case. The legal fees bill numbers over €8.4 million.”
“This expenditure by the government when the country is on the precipice of an economic crash is a two fingers to struggling families in Ireland. It demonstrates in flashing neon lights this government’s priorities”.
“Taxpayer monies are being spent in a manner that significantly damages the interests of those same taxpayers. The so-called party of ‘fiscal prudence’ are involved in fiscal self harm in fighting to refuse billions owed in taxes”.
“Be it the private hospital deal, be it the children’s hospital black hole, be it hiring of government ‘spin doctors’, the Irish people have seen the fruits of their labours squandered by a mixture of incompetence and corruption. The Irish people deserves better than a government that prioritises legal fees, spin doctors and private hospitals over the needs and rights of the Irish people”
Aontú calls on the government to end this disgraceful cycle of government waste, and to actively pursue the repatriation of the unpaid Apple tax monies to the Irish government to be reinvested in our society.