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Dear Thomas,

BREAKING NEWS: Apple has just been told that it owes €13 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland. [1] That’s €2,800 for every man, woman and child in Ireland. That’s an end to hospital waiting lists, homelessness and overcrowded classrooms.

But they’re trying to weasel out of paying us what we’re due and they’re making Finance Minister Michael Noonan do their work for them. We need to work together to urgently remind him that his job is to protect us not wealthy corporations.

We all pay what we owe – teachers and nurses, mums and dads, waitresses and carers, pensioners and students. Together we need to make sure Michael Noonan stops his plans to appeal this ruling and takes the tax that is owed to us.  If we get 10,000 signatures on this open letter by Friday – it will show the Minister that he can’t put Apple’s interests before ours.

Apple will be threatening all sorts in the coming days. But, here’s the thing – they aren’t going anywhere. Even without the ‘sweetheart deal’ they’ve managed to squeeze out of Ireland – they still do very well out of us and won’t want to pull out of Ireland. [2]

The Irish government says they don’t have the money to fund what we need for our hospitals, schools, public transport and social housing. Apple’s tax bill would go a long way to solving this problem.

If we act fast we can use people power to drown out the naysayers lining up to explain away why Apple shouldn’t have to pay their tax bill.

Uplift members stand for fairness and justice and by working together we can make sure Michael Noonan understands that his job is to protect us and not Apple.

More power to you,

Siobhán and the Uplift team

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