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Apple Tax Probe Won't Wound Ireland, Finance Minister Says

  • Noonan sees EU ruling on Apple case between now and year-end
  • Ireland will appeal a negative EU decision on tax state aid
St. Patrick's Street in Cork City, Ireland.

St. Patrick's Street in Cork City, Ireland.

Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The findings of a probe into Apple Inc.’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs.

Ireland has an “indication ” the EU will decide before the end of the year whether the nation’s tax dealings with the iPhone maker violate the bloc’s state-aid rules, Noonan told reporters in Luxembourg Monday. “We don’t have a specific date.”