This Apple issue with you is extremely tedious. You bring it up non stop. Please refer to one of the numerous discussions (i.e. me giving you facts, you showing what little you know on the matter) we have previously had. Even still, let’s just park that for a second, people keep bringing it up as a cure for Ireland’s ills. It is less than 20% of our annual spend. It is less than 10% of our debt. It is not a panacea to our problems, regardless on ones opinion on whether it is owed. Bringing it up is a pathetic way to deflect from the issue at hand.
Last year’s budget meant that the 5 euro increase all welfare recipients got would only be achieved by a worker if they were on pretty much 50k a year, i.e. paying that marginal rate of tax for a third of their income. Not fair, but tax payers continue to roll over and allow it because the whingers and those who take and take from the state direct public policy.