Tim Cook, head of the US tech giant Apple, will be presented with an award by Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin today (20 January).
Cook will receive the accolade in recognition of Apple’s 40 years of investment in the country. The company is currently one of the largest employers in Ireland, with 6,000 members of staff based there.
However, Apple has previously come under fire for unfair tax practices in Europe – having been slapped with a €13 billion tax bill from the European Commission in 2016 for unpaid taxes, something which Apple described at the time as defying “common sense.” The case is currently under appeal at the European Court of Justice. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)