Apple CEO Tim Cook Heads to Ireland to Visit Government Officials, Company Facilities

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. MacRumors
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Ireland visiting the company's facilities in Cork and preparing to meet with government officials this afternoon, according to a report from TheJournal.ie. The specific reason for Cook's visit is unknown, but Apple has maintained a significant presence in the country for several decades.
    [​IMG]
    Apple's Hollyhill facilities in Cork, Ireland (Reuters/Michael MacSweeney)
    Apple, which has 4,000 employees at its Hollyhill facility, has used its Irish base for decades as its home for operations in Europe and elsewhere, with the company coming under scrutiny last year for its corporate structure funneling revenue through subsidiaries located in the country in order to minimize its tax burden.

    Apple has steadily increased its workforce in Cork as the company has grown in recent years, and Cook and Kenny are likely meeting to at least help maintain the long-standing relationship between Apple and Irish officials, perhaps with an eye on the company's future plans.

    Earlier this month, Cook traveled to China to help launch sales of the iPhone on China Mobile, the world's largest carrier.

    Update: TheJournal.ie has updated its article, quoting Kenny as saying that he and Cook discussed Ireland's participation in EU-wide conversations about clarifying tax issues.
    Article Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook Heads to Ireland to Visit Government Officials, Company Facilities
     
  2. musika
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 65816

    musika

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Location:
    New York
  3. ksnell
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2012
    Location:
    MD
    #3
    Nothing wrong with what they are doing. All companies do it. Find me one person that does not try to limit their tax burden as much as possible.

    Any complainer can surely pay more taxes themselves if they would like. The IRS won't mind. :D
     
  4. jonAppleSeed, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    jonAppleSeed
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2013
    #4
    "The specific reason for Cook's visit is unknown"

    But we all know why he's there
     
  5. smithrh
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 68020

    smithrh

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    #5
    Guiness?
     
  6. MRU
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors demi-god

    MRU

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Location:
    Ireland
    #6
    Maybe they will FINALLY open an Apple Store in Ireland......... ;)

    or it could simply be to deliver a brown envelope to Irish MP's :D
    (we all know about the brown envelopes in Ireland).

    ----------

    Why is here, there ?

    ----------

    Yes but the tax funnel means they don't pay much tax here either, but the Irish government can't do anything out of fear of losing 4000 jobs......

    But hey if St.Bono is comfortable not paying tax in Ireland, we can't be harsh on Apple too much.
     
  7. NOTmacbookpro13
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2013
  8. MRU
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors demi-god

    MRU

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Location:
    Ireland
    #8
    Sod Dublin, put it in Kerry for us culchies !!! :p
     
  9. iLondoner
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors regular

    iLondoner

    #9
    Ireland's government takings are massively inflated by channelling revenues through a country that's in reality a bit of a backwater for Apple. All of the other EU countries are losing out.

    Despite being one of Apple's major markets the UK gets practically zilch. :(

    2011 UK earnings £6 billion, tax paid £10 million
    2012 avoided tax altogether by giving staff share bonuses

    I like Apple so not moaning as much as I would about other companies... Google, Starbucks...

    .
     
  10. Boatboy24
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2011
    Location:
    1 Infinite Loop
    #10
    Amazing! I heard on the local news this morning that he's here in Washington for a meeting at the White House. The guy gets around!
     
  11. MRU
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors demi-god

    MRU

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Location:
    Ireland
    #11
    You are under the assumption Apple pay lots of tax here though..... I think you'll be surprised if it wasn't similar to UK despite them having their Euro HQ here.
     
  12. star-affinity
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 6502

    star-affinity

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    #12
    I'd bet on Murphy's. :)

    I worked there ten years ago. At Apple, Cork. Time flies…
     
  13. OneBagTravel
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 6502

    OneBagTravel

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2013
    Location:
    USA
    #13
    Hey I'm heading to Ireland too for completely different reasons though :p
     
  14. ipoppy
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2006
    Location:
    UK
    #14
    I guess Tim Cook will need personal translator with him:D
     
  15. iLondoner
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors regular

    iLondoner

    #15
    Probably right. The Double Irish arrangement makes interesting reading.


    .
     
  16. MRU
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors demi-god

    MRU

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Location:
    Ireland
    #16
    Yep...... The government will keep Apple sweet to protect the 4,000 jobs. We can not afford 4,000 more people on Social Welfare (let alone all those additional jobs that come from servicing those 4,000 workers) - where at the moment those folks are all working and paying the many new austerity taxes that are finally getting the country out of the hole it dug with the bank and property crisis.
     
  17. iGraham4
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    #17
    They are pumping absolute millions into the place. There's major expansion plans for not just holly hill but for some other parts in Cork as well!
     
  18. nebo1ss, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    nebo1ss
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    #18
    Well they probably pay more than they would normally in Ireland based on sales there. They divert income from the rest of Europe into Ireland because of the sweetheart deal they have with the Irish Govt.

    All the other Countries in Europe lose out on tax revenue and not necessarily too happy with Ireland. Of course Apple is not alone Google, Starbucks etc. are all at it. Starbucks largest market outside the US is the UK and according to their annual reports they made a loss every year since they started operating in the UK.
     
  19. AppMann
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2013
    Location:
    Ireland
    #19
    Apple Store in Limerick Fingers crossed. :D
     
  20. jimbo1mcm
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2010
    #20
    Tim comes with the news that Apple has trademarked " Shamrock" and will replace the Apple Logo with a Shamrock.
     
  21. b-dogg
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    #21
    I'd wager Enda or any of the other shower even know what an apple store is. They probably think the one by the Molly Malone statue at the bottom of Grafton St is a real Apple Store.
     
  22. whooleytoo
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 603

    whooleytoo

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Location:
    Cork, Ireland.
    #22
    I remember the last time he visited Cork and spoke to Apple employees. Shortly afterwards hundreds of us were let go. :eek:

    He's like the Angel of Death 'round here. "Don't look him in the eyes!!!" :p
     
  23. Defender2010, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    Defender2010
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 68020

    Defender2010

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Location:
    England
    #23
    Guinness you mean...he is already on the drink
     

    Attached Files:

  24. adamtj11
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    Belfast
    #25

Share This Page