Dáil debates

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed)

World Economic Forum

4:30 pm

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

We should also convene the parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to get them to represent their people during what could be a fraught period in Northern Ireland and in the South.

Returning to Davos, we have always placed our faith in the OECD in respect of corporate governance and new tax rules. I have always argued this should not be done through the EU but should wait for the OECD. There were attacks by the Polish Prime Minister and Spanish bankers but also comments by the head of the OECD which singled out the sweetheart deal which Ireland applied in the Apple tax case. Is the Taoiseach concerned that this is a signal, as mentioned in today's newspapers, that we are facing a different corporate tax regime, where the OECD itself and possibly America look to new tax laws where the profits would accrue at point of sale rather than in the home city of the multinational, in this case Dublin? Was there a shift this year in what the OECD said at Davos regarding corporate tax? Have the Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, discussed the matter arising from what they heard there?


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