Archive - August 2016

1044: EU IRISH COMPLAINTS STATS
Tuesday 30 August 2016
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Problems with air travel continue to be the number one complaint amongst Irish people, according to a new statistics out today.

The 2015 Annual Report of the European Consumer Centre also says that issues with car hire, faults with electronic goods and entertainment services such as tickets, were also amongst the leading complaints.

Martina Nee is Director of Communications with the ECC office in Dublin.

She says issues such as delayed flights, lost luggage and compensation continue to be a huge problem for consumers and airlines.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: of the airline

1043: EU BITES IN TO IRELAND ON APPLE TAX DEAL
Tuesday 30 August 2016
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The Government gave tax benefits to Apple Computers worth €13 billion, an EU Commission Report has found.

The investigation says the deal amounted to illegal State Aid which left other companies trading at an unfair disadvantage in Ireland.

Margrethe Vestager is responsible for competition rules within the European Union.

She says the tax rate was allowed by the Irish Government to drop to such a level that in 2014, Apple paid fifty euro in tax for every one million euro it made in profit.
 

Interviewee: Margrethe Vestager | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: million in profits

1042: EU SAYS APPLE BENEFITTED BY €13 BILLION FROM IRISH TAX DEAL
Tuesday 30 August 2016
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Ireland has given tax benefits worth €13 billion to Apple computers since 1991.

The European Commission has ruled that this arrangement is illegal under EU State aid rules.

The Government here must now undertake to recoup the unpaid €13 billion.

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says their investigation found that Apple diverted revenues to a so-called "Head Office" that never existed.

Interviewee: Margrethe Vestager | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: no real activities

1041: EU COMMISSION RULES AGAINST IRELAND IN APPLE CASE
Tuesday 30 August 2016
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The European Commission has ruled that Ireland gave tax benefits worth €13 billion to Apple computers.

The Commission says this arrangement is illegal under EU State aid rules.

The decision, which could have serious cost implications for Apple's European operations, is expected to be appealed by the Government.

Barbara Nolan, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the tax deal put other companies here at a serious disadvantage.

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Interviewee: Barbara Nolan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: that Apple got

1040: EU IRISH CONFIDENCE STATS
Tuesday 02 August 2016
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Irish people are more optimistic about the future of the European Union than any other EU nationality, according to a new survey from Eurobarometer.

77 per cent of Irish people say they feel positive about the EU compared to just 28 per cent in Greece.

The biggest EU issues giving rise to concern amongst Irish people are immigration and terrorism.

Jonathan Claridge, who heads up the political unit at the EU office in Dublin, says the survey shows that the majority of Irish people, at 53 per cent, are upbeat about the future of their national economy.


Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: to getting worse