The Government have confirmed that the state will appeal the EU Commission’s €13bn euro Apple tax ruling after the motion for appeal was approved in the Dáil last night.
It is believed the highly anticipated appeals process will go ahead after the motion was passed by 93 votes to 36 by TDs after a ten-hour debate.
Speaking during the debate, which also saw five other motions to delay the appeal overwhelmingly rejected, the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar labelled opposition TDs as snakes in the Garden of Eden.
Mr Varadkar told the Dáil: “The money will be collected and the Revenue Commissioners do have to collect it now but it can’t be spent and it has to be held until such a time as all litigation is complete. In some way the political left are acting like serpents in the Garden of Eden tempting Eve with what they know to be a promise they can’t keep, the fruit of a poison tree.”