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Tax: Ireland’s Seductive Charm


Owing to its taxation policies of the late 1990s, Ireland – historically one of Western Europe’s poorest economies – grew rapidly over a decade to become one of the most competitive in the world, and, by 2005, the richest nation in terms of per capita GDP in the European Union after only Luxemburg. Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” was the handiwork of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fáil government, which, in its 1998 budget, lowered corporation tax for trading income to 12.5 per cent – an adjustment that proved instrumental in transforming the Irish economy.

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