The EU rules that water charges in Ireland must stay, and the Irish Government says yessir, no problems there, no need to appeal such decision. The mugs shall pay.
Then, the same folks at the EU puppetry department say that Ireland is entitled to claim 13bn from Apple in owed back taxes. The appeal machine immediately kicks into gear, and cries of attacks on economic sovereignty and foul intrusions on the country’s tax affairs are rife.
Today, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, speaking in his trademark dreary and monotonous voice that could either announce a lottery win or speak about nukes raining down on Ireland, assured the Irish public that the appeal process against the ruling will take four years, ‘or more,’ adding that Ireland has a good chance of winning the appeal and let 13bn, and some change, remain safely inside Apple’s war chest.