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Ireland has 'batted away' corporate tax challenge, says Europe minister

21.10.11 @ 10:13

  1. By Méabh Mc Mahon

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Ireland has managed to stave off French challenges to its low corporate tax rate, Irish Minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton tells EUobserver over coffee.

With Ireland's economy now doing better than expected, Dublin is keen to argue that among the reasons for this is its corporate tax rate, one of the lowest in Europe. "When it comes to the key issue for us, which is our corporate tax rate, it did come under major pressure, particularly from our French friends some months ago. I think we have successfully batted that issue away," says the minister.