The headquarters of the ruling government party of Ireland, Fine Gael, was the site of recent apple massacre after angry citizens flocked to the offices to protest Apple’s massive tax breaks.
Members of the youth wing Sinn Fein impaled apples of the orange and red variety on the fences of Fine Gael’s Dublin offices following the revelation from the European Commission that Ireland intentionally lowered Apple’s tax burden.
Check out the horrific scene:
“We have a situation where hospitals are overcrowded, young people cannot afford to buy a home and education fees are soaring – yet this Government is willing to spend more taxpayers’ money to let Apple off the hook,” a protester told An Phoblacht. “You actually couldn’t make it up!”
The three year investigation into Apple’s tax relationship with Ireland ruled that the iPhone-maker received illegal state aid. Despite the $14.5 billion bill, Ireland’s government has said it doesn’t wait the extra money, mostly because asking Apple to give it all that cash could result in the company taking away some of the 6,000 jobs it has created in the country.
Apple has said it will appeal the European Commission’s decision and that the huge bill won’t effect its performance in the near term.